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Avoid Food-Drug Interactions

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Authored by U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Consumers League

What you eat and drink can affect the way your medicines work. Use this guide to alert you to possible “food-drug interactions” and to help you learn what you can do to prevent them.

In this guide, a food-drug interaction is a change in how a medicine works caused by food, caffeine, or alcohol.

A food-drug interaction can:
prevent a medicine from working the way it should
cause a side effect from a medicine to get worse or better
cause a new side effect

A medicine can also change the way your body uses a food. Any of these changes can be harmful.

This guide covers interactions between some common prescription and over-the counter medicines and food, caffeine, and alcohol. These interactions come from medicine labels that FDA has approved. This guide uses the generic names of medicines, never brand names.

Publication Date:
Jul 05 2014
1500422282 / 9781500422288
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6″ x 9″
Black and White
Related Categories:
Health & Fitness / Reference


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