Risky Food & Drug Interactions

Among the most studied of dangerous food and medication interactions are those involving grapefruit juice, which poses a potentially life-threatening risk when consumed with statins, certain blood pressure drugs,  and anti-clotting agents, in particular. Patients should also be aware that there are other foods that can affect the medications they are taking. For instance, patients taking warfarin (Coumadin) should know that foods with high vitamin K content (including broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, spinach, cabbage, and collard greens) could reduce the drug’s effectiveness. In addition, foods and drinks with high caffeine content can increase the side effects of bronchodilators (taken for asthma) and antipsychotic clopazine. These are just a few of the food/drug interactions that are worthy of attention.

We will be happy to answer any and all of your questions about the subject of food and drug interactions. If you have a smart phone you can scan the QR code on your Med-Fast pharmacy prescription for a review of side effects and prescription information that you should be aware of. We have 13 area locations to serve you for all your pharmaceutical needs. We look forward to discussing your health concerns with you.  We’re more than a Pharmacy, we’re Family!

Hint: Foods high in potassium may raise potassium levels too much when eaten in conjunction with ACE inhibitors (captopril, enalapril, lisinopril, etc.)