(HealthDay News) -- When food and drinks interact with medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it properly.
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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common examples of food and drug interaction:
- Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect the way the body metabolizes medication. Drugs that may interact with grapefruit juice include: some statins, antihistamines, thyroid medications, blood pressure medications, birth control pills, cough suppressants and medications that block stomach acids.
- Blood-thinning medications can interact with leafy green vegetables, affecting the blood's clotting ability.
- Natural black licorice may interact with certain blood pressure medications and blood-thinning medications.
- Salt substitutes can interact with ACE inhibitors and digoxin.
- Tyramine (found in foods such as aged meats and cheeses, hot dogs and chocolate) can interact with some medications used to treat depression or Parkinson's disease.
-- Diana Kohnle
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