Healthier Me: Food and medicine interactions

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Anytime you take more than one medication, or even mix it with certain foods, drinks, or over-the-counter medicines, you are at risk of a drug interaction. Each medication is different and so are the guidelines that come with them, which can lead to confusion.

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"It is important to take the medication the correct way because medication can be very beneficial to you and get rid of whatever you're dealing with," said Sanford Pharmacist Denise Bartholomay.

Most drug interactions aren't serious, but some can present real dangers. That's why it's important to understand the possible outcome before you take them.

"It just makes you more responsible taking your medications," said Bartholomay.

Bartholomay says certain medications, like blood thinners, should not be taken with food. however, some medications need to be taken with food, or certain kinds of food, in order to work better.

Some foods, like leafy greens, dairy and grapefruit, can interfere with medications making it less effective.

"We don't want people to avoid foods, especially if they enjoy them. What we try to tell people is to be consistent," said Bartholomay.

A common side effect of some medication is an upset stomach. Pharmacists are required to counsel patients when they pick up their prescription, and if you have any questions you should ask them.

"Give your pharmacist a call and double check with them because that information you're going to get from them is going to be much more reliable than what you are going to find on the internet," said Bartholomay.