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Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by ikorodureporta: 7:21am On Sep 13, 2019
A Pharmacist, Emmanuel Tangang, has advised Nigerians against consumption of fruits during medication to avoid reduction in the potency of the drugs.

Tangang gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kaduna.
According to him, many people do not know that some fruits interact badly with certain medications.
He said: “This means your meal can end up reducing the efficacy of your drugs, or worse still, could become a health nightmare.

“An example is banana; do not eat them if you take ACE inhibitors such as Captopril, Enalapril and Fosinopril, among others.

“ACE inhibitors lower blood pressure and treat heart failure by opening up blood vessels; so, blood flows more efficiently.

“Bananas (as well as oranges, leafy greens and certain salt substitutes) are high in potassium.

“Too much potassium can cause an irregular heartbeat and heart palpitations. Avoid eating large amounts of foods high in potassium if you are on ACE inhibitors.”

The pharmacist said that taking milk while on medication could also reduce the potency of the drugs.
He said: “Don’t drink milk when you take some antibiotics including tetracycline, ciprofloxacin (quinolone antibiotics) and certain osteoporosis medication, such as alendronate (Fosamax).

“Milk has calcium which can interfere with the effects of some antibiotics; so, you should not take such antibiotics with foods high in calcium like milk, yoghurt or cheese.

“Supplements containing calcium should also be avoided for a few hours before and after taking these antibiotics.”

According to him, grapes juice can reduce the potency of some drugs used to burn fats (cholesterol) or treatment of hypertension.

He said: “There is a drug called artovastatin which is a fat burner, whose potency can be reduced if taken with the grape juice.

“Grapes can also reduce the potency of some drugs used for the treatment of hypertension such as Nifedipine and Amlodipine.

“Chemicals in grape fruits interfere with how your body metabolises certain drugs, which can result in more of the medicine ending up in your blood stream.
“It can increase the chance of side effects, if you are on the lipid-altering statins.”

The pharmacist said that cranberry juice could also reduce the potency of Warfarin drugs.
Tangang said: “Warfarin is a drug that stops the formation of clots of blood in the blood vessels, thereby enhancing the flow of blood in the vessels.
“Cranberry juice can reduce their potency to do this.”

According to him, lemon juice can also reduce the potency of malaria drugs when one is on treatment.
“Lemon juice contains sour-tasting juice like Vitamin C which, if taken at the same time with some drugs used in treating malaria such as Coartem and Amatem, can reduce their strength or potency.”

He said that taking apple could also reduce the strength of activity of drugs used to treat infections commonly grouped as anti-infectious drugs like the antibiotics.

He said: “It reduces the potency of some drugs used to treat some allergic reactions like itching of the body, small rashes on the body or other reactions.

“Drugs like piriton, phenergan are anti-allergic drugs.
“Apple can reduce the potency of some drugs used to stabilise some complications that can arise from transplanting of organs such as the kidneys.”

Source: https://theeagleonline.com.ng/why-you-must-avoid-consuming-fruits-during-medication-pharmacist/

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Sunofgod(m): 8:16am On Sep 13, 2019
I won't take such advice from an alledged pharmacist from Kaduna!

He's unqualified to make such claims.

Enter a modern Western hospital and its common to see a fruit bowl beside the patients bed.

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by PureGoldh(m): 8:17am On Sep 13, 2019
Nice write-up
Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by wayisshut: 8:18am On Sep 13, 2019
Yes. This writeup is so true in the truest sense. Due to personal experience, I discovered that taking bananas with ACT drugs tend to reduce its efficacy. Basically, when taking medication eat food high in fat and take lot of fluids especially water. Fruits is a no no until after the medication is completed.

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by AdonaiAluminium: 8:18am On Sep 13, 2019
Wow, but atimes during medication patients are adviced to take more of fruits and vegetables


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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Nuclear99(m): 8:18am On Sep 13, 2019
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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by NnamdiN: 8:18am On Sep 13, 2019
whats the point of dying healthy?

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by lokho(m): 8:18am On Sep 13, 2019
Wow! I Thanks for this information. I want to believe many people like me would have been making the mistake earlier.

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by LoveJesus87(m): 8:19am On Sep 13, 2019
Ftc grin
Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Diesel1(m): 8:19am On Sep 13, 2019
Ok.. but Atiku is still coming

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Prettyvita(f): 8:19am On Sep 13, 2019
Hmmn
Informative!
Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by martineverest(m): 8:20am On Sep 13, 2019
I only know of herbs and spices that affect potencybog drugs.....fruits and vegetables are food

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Emmy3(m): 8:20am On Sep 13, 2019
What he's actually saying is that fruits counters the effect or distorts the mechanism of action of some drugs whereas others do the opposite.

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Nobody: 8:21am On Sep 13, 2019
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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by lookingfly: 8:22am On Sep 13, 2019
Sunofgod:
I won't take such advice from an alledged pharmacist from Kaduna!

He's unqualified to make such claims.

Enter a modern Western hospital and its common to see a fruit bowl beside the patients bed.


take it or leave it.... He's 101 percent correct!!

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by kay29000(m): 8:25am On Sep 13, 2019
When the pharmacist in my area gives me antibiotics for Typhoid, she always tells me not to take milk, so I already know some of this. I didn't know about not eating Banana, but I understand that as it is very well explained. Bananas really can raise your heart beat if you take too much as they contain high level of Potassium. I'm speaking from experience. I didn't know that was what used to cause this issue, but now I know for sure.

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Protein0: 8:26am On Sep 13, 2019
Sunofgod:
I won't take such advice from an alledged pharmacist from Kaduna!

He's unqualified to make such claims.

Enter a modern Western hospital and its common to see a fruit bowl beside the patients bed.


I am sure you have never seen them take the fruits with their drugs.
He meant taking them together.

The pharmacist should have generalised it... Certain foods aren't meant to be taken with certain medications, it's not limited to fruits only. Certain drugs aren't meant to be taken together as well

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Ginaz(f): 8:26am On Sep 13, 2019
For the milk part I can say it’s true. I hate drugs with passion. I rather take injections than drugs but this particular one demanded I take it orally. So I would use a glass of milk to washed the bitter drug down.

Time for checkup came and my doctor couldn’t detect any significant improvement. He asked me if I took the complete dosage cos he knows how much I hated drugs.

I replied with a half smile that yes I did, with a glass of milk. grin

He said no wonder!!! And put me on another round of antibiotics angry

He said I should use plain water only and never use milk, it interferes with some certain drugs .Gosh I hate drugs and the damn smell.

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by LadyJasper: 8:28am On Sep 13, 2019
How am I supposed to remember all these anytime medications are prescribed for me?

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by BabaCommander: 8:39am On Sep 13, 2019
It's a good medical advise in general terms because some foods/fruits can interfer with your medication. It's always good to ask your dr if your meds could be interfered with by your diets.
Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Odunolumide(m): 8:40am On Sep 13, 2019
Drug - Drug Interaction

Food - Drug Interaction


But the Heading is wrong ...

Not all fruits affect drug efficacy some even increase the efficacy with synergic effects.

He should be specific so as not to mislead people who do not read.

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by BabaCommander: 8:41am On Sep 13, 2019
LadyJasper:
How am I supposed to remember all these anytime medications are prescribed for me?

Ask your doctor/pharmacist and read the intruction on the drug packet.

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Duggedised12(f): 8:44am On Sep 13, 2019
Very good info.

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by Clinghton: 8:49am On Sep 13, 2019
Everyday comes with it's own medical theory.
Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by alasane: 8:55am On Sep 13, 2019
wetin we go kom eat......haba
Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by rxmusa(m): 8:59am On Sep 13, 2019
Pharmacists care for your health

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Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by quentin06: 9:07am On Sep 13, 2019
it just goes to tell us that we re being served poisons called drugs.

most doctors I know dont even take panadol for head aches, they know the drugs they give are harmful to the body.

a classic example is children's vaccines.
Re: Why You Should Avoid Eating Fruits During Medication - Pharmacist by SolarHub(m): 9:21am On Sep 13, 2019
I see

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