Food and Drug Interactions

In This Chapter

  • Exploring drugs that affect appetite
  • Explaining how some foods make some drugs less effective ^ Understanding which drugs should be taken with food ^ Revealing interactions between drugs and vitamins and minerals

Mmoods nourish your body. Medicines cure (or relieve) what ails you. You'd think the two would work together in perfect harmony to protect your body. Sometimes they do. Occasionally, however, foods and drugs square off like boxers slugging it out in the ring. The drug keeps your body from absorbing or using the nutrients in food, or the food (or nutrient) prevents you from getting the benefits of certain medicines.

The medical phrase for this sad state of affairs is adverse interaction. This chapter describes several adverse interactions and lays out some simple strategies that enable you to short-circuit them.

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