We often forget that in addition to other drugs certain foods can have unpleasant interactions with our prescriptions. An article in The Gazette (of Colorado Springs) is reminding us that especially during the holidays (we’re not saying you eat too much!) it is important to check what foods and beverages interact with your prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
Below is a list of the most commonly prescribed drugs, their purpose, and the foods that could create a dangerous combination.
LIPITOR; high cholesterol; grapefruit
TOPROL XL; high blood pressure, heart failure and angina; take on an empty stomach
SINGULAIR; asthma and allergies; no restrictions
LEXAPRO; depression and anxiety; alcohol
NEXIUM; gastrointestinal reflux disease and gastrointestinal ulcers; no restrictions
SYNTHROID; hypothyroidism; no feeding through tubes
PREVACID; gastrointestinal reflux disease and gastrointestinal ulcers; take on an empty stomach
PLAVIX; stroke and heart attack; no restrictions
NORVASC; high blood pressure and angina; grapefruit