WRITTEN BY: Maria Imran Ali (Punjab University College of Pharmacy)
Some medicines should be taken with food and there are following reasons to be considered:-
Note: A number of other medications should also be taken with food. Pharmacists are the primary instructor to educate a person in taking medicine with food.
Some medications should be taken on an empty stomach. This is probably because food prevents the medications from being fully absorbed into the body. If your medication needs to be taken on an empty stomach, take it one hour before meals or two hours after taking food with a full glass of liquid usually water.
NOTE: Some medications that are not recommended to be taken with food, should also not to be taken with milk.
Dairy products, antacids, and iron preparations prevent some medications from being properly absorbed into the body. If medication is not properly absorbed, it may be less effective. Medications that are affected this way include:-
Dairy products, antacids, and iron preparations include:
NOTE: Other medications may also interact with dairy products, iron, and antacids. Asking your health care provider may minimize the drug-food interaction risks.
Depending on the medications, there are the following reasons:-
NOTE: In general all medications should be taken with a full glass of water unless your doctor or pharmacist recommends otherwise. If your medication needs to be taken with plenty of water, you may need to drink more than a full glass of water with your medication. This varies with medication but can be as much as 1.5L every day, as is recommended for indinavir.
The most important thing to be considered is “Ask a Pharmacist”. The administration of the drug depends on its formulation as well as its interactions. Moreover, water should be considered the first choice of liquid because of its simple composition.
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