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Food-Drug interactions (2/6): Alcohol

This is a guest blog post by Seuna K. Linda Eva

Did you know that the everyday foods we eat can totally change the way prescription drugs act in the body ? Medically, it is known that some common foods can interact with prescription drugs, with the most commonly known culprit being grapefruit juice. However, there are a lot more of food and drug interactions to be concerned about.

Here is the second out of 06 food-drugs interactions to avoid we are going to present in series…

To avoid drowsiness, you should not drink alcohol while taking antihistamines. Antihistamines are a type of medicine used to treat common allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, watery eyes, hives, and a runny nose.

The drugs work by blocking the effects of histamine, a substance in the body that can cause allergy symptoms.

Matters can get serious if you mix alcohol with acetaminophens and/or anti-inflammatory drugs.This is the primary reason physicians tell their patients to avoid drinking alcohol while taking aspirin and ibuprofen.

FDA says that mixing alcohol with these drugs can cause stomach bleeding and serious damage to your liver.

Another medication you shouldn’t drink with is called metronidazole; it’s a common antibiotic prescribed, especially for younger females. Even one glass of alcohol with this medication is to be avoided.

Anytime you’re given a newly prescribed or over-the-counter medication, you’ll want to always read the drug warning labels.

Be sure to ask your doctor and/or pharmacist about which foods or other drugs you should avoid or be concerned about taking, based on your diet.

You may want to see if there is a different medication you could take, that would work better with your diet.

Seuna Linda
Seuna K. Linda Eva is a Cameroonian-based nutritionist passionate about empowering people to make health-conscious decisions about their diet and lifestyle. She believes you can be healthy without forgoing our delicious African dishes. Co-founder of DietMiam, through her writing, speaking and one-on-one coaching services, she has helped thousands with diet-related disorders (obesity, hypertension, diabetes, gout, etc.) to develop long-term, sustainable lifestyle habits and rediscover the joy of eating.

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