Food-Drug Interactions

Hey everyone and happy Monday!

First of all, I’d like to thank all of you that commented, shared and “Liked” the launch of the new website! Not only were your comments thoughtful and useful, you gave me ideas for future blogs that speak to what you most want to have answers to. Thank you!

What came across loud and clear is that you want more videos! I love making them too, so you can be sure there are more to come. While I can’t do a video every week, and will continue to post written blogs, it is good to know you enjoy watching as much as reading.

Today, I have an important video for you, especially if you take any pharmaceutical or over the counter medications on a regular basis. You may know that most drugs can interact with other drugs and cause adverse and sometimes dangerous effects. Did you know, though, that some medications can interfere with foods as well? Often times, very healthy foods that one would imagine would be great for their health. They may not be though, if you take certain meds.

Once you’ve watched the video, I’d love to hear from you! Have you ever experienced a food-drug interaction? Has your pharmacist or doctor warned you to stop eating a healthy food because of the effect on your medication? Or were you able to find a way to continue to include your favorite food while being on your meds that didn’t disrupt it’s efficacy? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, it’s a privilege to be with you on Monday’s. I hope you have an excellent day and a fantastic week!

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14 comments on “Food-Drug Interactions

  1. AvatarVirginia

    Great video. Having a hard time lowering my blood pressure. Am on two Medes- not helping.
    The info about the oatmeal is wonderful- I have it every morn.
    Any other foods to watch ?
    Thanks for all your help .

  2. AvatarCara

    Great–and timely– video! Is lisinopril the same as Coumadin? I had no idea kale or spinach could be unhealthy/interact w medications… And I’ve told my mom about the oatmeal/medication connection– another thing we were completely unaware about.
    Thank you so much for sharing — valuable and not common knowledge (new to me!) hope you’re well! Best,

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Lisinopril is NOT the same as coumadin, so it’s ok to continue with the greens. Licorice, though, would be a consideration and should be avoided….
      Glad you found it helpful!

  3. Avataranita

    Thank you Barbara! This is one of the most important videos you have done. It’s hard to choose a “Top Ten” but this is right up there.

  4. AvatarGyeong-hoon Cho

    Thank you dear Barbara Mendez always for good healthy food information.
    I’m a fan of you, enjoy watching, reading, linking your information from S.Korea.
    Today’s video is a bit extraordinary.
    I began to enjoy grapefruit since you introduce it as a good fruit for fighting cancer.
    Last year I was diagnosed hepatic cancer and liver function related diabetes.
    I intake medicines only Baraclude (anti-hepatitis B virus growth drug) and diuretics for ascites and swelling and from this week anti-histamine drug for skin iritating.
    Should I stop eating grapefruit and other veggies and fruits as you recommended good for fighting cancr, liver detoxification and diabetes as in your videos?

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Thank you Gyeong-hoon, for your note~ I would say to stop eating the grapefruit regularly to make sure that you are getting the most out of your medications. But the other foods I’ve mentioned for cancer in the past should be ok to eat and should not interfere. You need highly nutritious food right now, so it is important to keep up with kale, broccoli, medicinal mushrooms, etc. Even grapefruit from time to time is likely ok, just not every day.
      Thank you for your note and I am pleased to know that you find the information helpful! And it also makes me incredibly happy to hear I’ve reached you all the way in South Korea! Please stay well and continue to take care of yourself. I will keep you in mind for future videos to perhaps offer more info that might be helpful to you~

  5. AvatarEllie

    Need I say that doctors never tell us this stuff when writing prescriptions? And that it’s hard to find answers, with all the contradictory information out there? Most nutritionists don’t have this kind of knowledge, so it’s great that you can incorporate your pharmaceutical degree into keeping us well, along with eating heathfully and deliciously. Food, medicine, chemical reactions within the body— all extremely helpful in learning how to care for this incredible machine . And it’s great to have an instruction manual. I’d love to hear more topics such as this from time to time on the Monday videos.

  6. AvatarTony

    Wow! Great video. Very informative.I will be passing this on to a few people. My question is along the same lines. If not high fibre ,what is best to eat when you have a medication that you have to take with food? Thanks Barbara!

  7. Avatarstacey

    Barbara – Great info, as usual. I have a question on the timing of taking medications and eating high fiber foods? For those of us who take meds first thing in the morning, how long should we wait before consuming a high fiber breakfast, such as oatmeal? Thanks!


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