Did you know that the food you eat influences the effects of the medications you’re taking? This is particularly true about antibiotics. Some substances in food interact and inhibit the drug’s metabolism in mainly three ways: blocking the absorption of the drug, slowing down the rate of absorption or simply obstruct the drug’s metabolism.
These are some of the products you should avoid while drinking antibiotics:
Acidic food and drinks
Avoid foods and drinks like chocolate, citrus fruits, sodas and canned tomato products. This type of food has adverse effect on the body’s absorption of the drug.
Dairy products (except yoghurt)
The calcium present in dairy products blocks the absorption of drugs. Yoghurt is the only dairy product that is allowed while you’re taking antibiotics, because it contains probiotics which actually help the flora in your digestive system regrow faster, and also helps the body recover faster from the drugs. Probiotics also prevent diarrhea, which is a common side effect of antibiotics.
Calcium and iron
These two obstruct the absorption of antibiotics. If you’re taking iron supplements, wait at least three hours before taking the drug.
Foods that are rich in fibers are really healthy, but they are not a good choice when you’re taking antibiotics. This food slows down the digestion process (which is great if you want to lose weight!), but it is not recommended in combination with an antibiotic drug.
There are a few different opinions on the subject of how alcohol interacts with antibiotics. Some say that alcohol must not be consumed at all, while others that it does not affect the absorption of the drug. The truth is: the combination of alcohol and antibiotics can cause nausea and troubles in your stomach. That’s why it’s best if you avoid it while on medications.