Did you know that foods you eat every day can interact with medications and trigger dangerous reactions that can lead to permanent disability or even death? Even more frightening is that some foods rated among the healthiest can actually be among the deadliest.
How can we know which foods and drugs to watch out for? And how can we protect ourselves from food/drug catastrophes?
Grapefruit tops the list of foods that cause problems. Although many people know that it shouldn't be taken with blood thinners, it reacts with dozens of medications. "It's not just heart drugs," says David Bailey, Ph.D., clinical professor of pharmacology at Canada's University of Western Ontario. "At least 66 medications are known to interact with grapefruit juice, including some anticancer drugs," Bailey tells Newsmax Health.
Food and drug interactions cause two main problems. First, some foods block the body's ability to absorb medications, lowering their effectiveness, and, in some cases, causing them to be useless.
"Patients believe the drug isn't working when it's a food they're eating that's blocking its absorption," Bailey explains.
Second, other foods can increase a drug's absorption, which can lead to an overdose.