Beware of “Holiday Mixers” – dangerous drug/food interactions
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
- VYTORIN; high cholesterol; grapefruit
- ZYRTEC; allergies; no restrictions
Click Here to read The Gazette article.
Click Here to check your drug interaction information at pdrhealth.com.