Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Food Conflicting with Drugs (与药物相克的食物)


Some food and medicine will complement each other, while some will restrain each other, and even produce a chemical reaction resulting in harmful substances. Therefore, if you are taking certain medications, be sure to pay attention to your diet.

1, Conflict between Aspirin and Alcohol
Alcohol in the body is first oxidized to acetaldehyde, then to acetic acid, and aspirin would prevent oxidation of acetaldehyde into acetic acid, resulting in accumulation of acetaldehyde, aggravating symptoms such as fever and body aches, as well as easily causing liver damage.

2, Conflict between Berberine and Tea
Tea contains about 10% tannin, easily decomposed into tannic acid among which the berberine alkaloid will precipitate, reducing its efficacy. Therefore, berberine cannot be taken 2 hours before or after drinking tea.

3, Conflict between Ibuprofen and Coffee or Cola
Ibuprofen (Fenbid) may incur gastric irritation, and the caffeine in coffee and the cocaine in cola will stimulate gastric acid secretion, increasing gastric side effects of ibuprofen, and even induce bleeding and gastric perforation.

4, Conflict between an Antibiotic and Milk or Juices
Do not take antibiotics two hours after drinking milk or juices, because milk will reduce antibiotic activity, so that efficacy cannot be fully achieved; while juice (especially of fresh fruits) are rich in acid, which will accelerate the dissolution of antibiotics, not only reducing the efficacy, but also increasing possible side effects.

5, Conflict between Calcium and Spinach
Spinach contains large amounts of potassium oxalate. After electrolytic precipitation the oxalate ions will precipitate calcium ions, interfering with the absorption of calcium, and easily generating calcium oxalate stones. Therfore, do not eat spinach 2 hours before or after serving calcium. Alternatively, boil the spinach before you take it.

6, Conflict between Anti-allergy Medications and Cheese or Meat
Refrain from eating cheese, meat and other foods rich in histidine while taking allergy medications, because histidine may be converted into histamine in the body, and allergy medications suppress the decomposition of histamine, causing histamine accumulation and inducing dizziness, headache, palpitation and other symptoms.

7, Conflict between Diarrhea Medicine and Milk
You cannot serve antidiarrheal with milk because milk not only reduces the efficacy of diarrhea medicine, but also easily aggravates diarrhea as milk contains lactose.

8, Conflict between Diuretics and Bananas or Oranges
When taking diuretics, potassium will be retained in the blood. Therefore, if you take diuretics together with the potassium-rich bananas, oranges, there will be excess potassium accumulation, easily inducing complications of the heart, blood pressure areas.

9, Conflict between Vitamin C and Shrimps
You cannot eat shrimps 2 hours before or after taking Vitamin C, because the copper in shrimps will oxidize Vitamin C, making it ineffective. The pentavalent arsenic in shrimps may easily react with Vitamin C, generating the toxic "trivalent arsenic".

10, Conflict between Antihypertensive Drugs and Grapefruit Juice
One should not drink grapefruit juice when taking antihypertensive, because thenaringenin in grapefruit juice can affect the liver function of an enzyme, and this enzyme is related to the metabolism induced by antihypertensive drugs, likely causing a high drug concentration in the blood and increasing side effects.

                                            (Source: http://www.goinpet.com/fuyao026/)




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