Five Foods You Should Never Take With Certain Medications

Eating certain foods while you, your friends or family take specific medications could result in dangerous side effects or make them less effective.

Certain Chemotherapy and Orange Juice
Without an exact dose of the chemotherapy drug etoposide, the medicine might not be able to inhibit cancer cells’ growth. Cranberry juice and orange juice can block the absorption of the drug if taken at the same time, so make sure to use a glass of water to wash down your medicine, then wait half an hour before taking any juice.

Antibiotics and Dairy
Antibiotics that belong to the quinolone family, such as Ciprofloxacin and Levaquin, bind to calcium and iron, and it is best to avoid dairy and supplements containing iron when taking these medications.

By blocking the drugs’ absorption, these products could make the antibiotics ineffective, leaving your infection untreated.

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Blood Thinners and Lettuce
Vitamin K, found in high amounts in such foods as kale, lettuce and broccoli could be a threat to those on the blood thinner warfarin. Fluctuations in your levels of vitamin K can inactivate warfarin. Try eating consistent amounts of vitamin K-containing foods each week; but always check with your doctors.

Statins and Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit juice inhibits the enzyme system the body uses to metabolize statins which are cholesterol-lowering drugs. What this means is that the drugs may not work well. It’s important to avoid the juice altogether, not just at the time you take your medication.

MAO inhibitors and Aged Cheeses
MAO inhibitors are a class of antidepressants that sets by blocking a key enzyme that helps break down tyramine, an amino acid found in aged cheese as well as very ripe bananas, beer, avocado, cured meats, and spinach.


Tyramine can raise blood pressure if not broken down, so when people on MAO inhibitors consume these foods, they could experience a potentially fatal rise in blood pressure that could cause severe chest pain, clamminess, and sweating.

Avoid other stimulants such as caffeine too, as they can amplify the effects of the drug. Many psychiatrists avoid prescribing MAO inhibitors now, in part because of their strict dietary requirements, but some doctors use them to treat patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

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