Avoiding Adverse Food and Drug Interactions

When you pick up an over-the-counter drug or get a new prescription, read the label. Let me repeat that: Read. The. Label. Warnings and interactions often are right there on the package. If they're not, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you need to avoid any specific foods while you're taking the drug. Go on, now — ask.

Or you can plunk down a few bucks for your very own copy of The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs 2006 (New York: Harper Collins, 2006), the latest edition of the book listed as one of the sources for the tables in this chapter. The book is affordable, readable, and reliable. Go for it.

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