5 dangerous food and medication combinations

You might not think that everyday foods could interact with medication, prescribed or over-the-counter, but it’s true. There are some foods that can affect drug levels in your blood leading to ineffectiveness or serious side effects. Here are five of the most common interactions to watch out for. (And when in doubt, talk to your doctor.)For more potentially dangerous mixtures, visit! Chocolate and RitalinRitalin, widely known to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), is a stimulating drug that in combination with foods containing caffeine, such as chocolate, can increase the drug’s effects.READ MORE: 10 foods that keep you feeling full longerAlcohol and Insulin.

If you take insulin or oral diabetic pills, you might want to pass on the drink with dinner. Even one drink can lower your blood glucose, leading to hypoglycemia.

Limes and Cough Medicine

Limes contain an enzyme that break down certain drugs including dextrosethorphan, a cough suppressant found in some cold medications. Along with sleepiness, this food and drug combo has also been known to cause hallucinations.

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Seaweed and Antithyroid Drugs

Those taking antithyroid medication for hyperthyroidism should eat iodine-rich foods (think sea vegetables) in moderation. The higher the iodine in your diet, the higher the dose of drugs you will need. The interaction causes the drug to be less effective.

Dairy and Antibiotics

Dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese can interfere with the absorption of some antibiotics, including tetracyclines and Cipro. The calcium in the dairy products bind to the antibiotics during digestion, forming an indigestible compound and delaying the drug’s absorption.

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