Because reactions can vary, always talk to your pharmacist before starting a new prescribed or over the counter medication.

Ask questions like:

  • When is the best time to take the medication?
  • Is it best to take the medication on an empty stomach or with food?
  • Should I take it in the morning or at bedtime?
  • Are there any foods that interact with the medication?
  • Do any of my other medications or supplements interact with the new medication?
  • What are the side effects of the medication?

Here are a few examples of how food and medicine do not mix:

  • Certain antibiotics are best taken on an empty stomach while others should be taken with food to minimize stomach irritation.
  • Drinking milk with certain thyroid pills decreases the body’s absorption of the medication.
  • Grapefruit juice interacts with statins so avoid it if you’re taking that type of medication, which is commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol.
  • The consumption of pomegranate juice is contraindicated when taking certain blood pressure medications.
  • Stay away from caffeine in coffee, tea and energy drinks if you’re taking amphetamines or most asthma drugs.
  • Wine and antidepressants are a bad mix!
  • Vitamin K rich foods like kale and broccoli should be avoided if you’re prescribed blood thinners like Coumadin.
  • Even some over the counter meds like aspirin or Motrin can cause stomach irritation and increase the risk of vitamin C deficiency.

Please seek medical advice from your doctor and/or pharmacist. This information is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.