If you take medications watch what you eat
One of the biggest mistakes many people over 50 make with their medications is failing to read the warning labels that come with their prescriptions, according to a study done by researchers at Kansas State University. Not knowing what foods and drinks to skip while you’re on Rx drugs can cause serious side effects or lower the effectiveness of your medications.
To help stay safe get the facts from your doctor, and follow up with a with your pharmacist to learn about your prescription. and what foods and beverages to avoid while you’re taking it.
Blood Pressure Drugs and Potassium-Rich Foods
You may be controlling your blood pressure with an ACE inhibitor. These meds can raise the potassium levels in your body which can cause your heart to beat irregularly, leading to cardiac arrest in severe cases. To keep levels from climbing even higher, limit potassium-rich foods like bananas, spinach and other leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and salt substitutes that contain potassium.
Some Cholesterol Meds and Grapefruit
About 71 million Americans have high cholesterol, according to the CDC, and about a third of them take statins to keep it in check. If you’re tsking your Lipitor with a glass of grapefruit juice, stop. Grapefruit can prevent the drug from being broken down by the liver, increasing the risk that it will accumulate in your body to toxic amounts.
Blood-Thinners and Leafy Greens
People who have had heart attacks or at a high risk of developing blood clots are sometimes put on warfarin, a drug that thins the blood so it can circulate more easily. Vitamin K, found mostly in leafy greens, can block the effects of warfarin, putting you at risk of developing a blood clot. That’s why experts recommend limiting leafy greens to a single serving a day and eating the same amounts every day. Garlic and ginger can increase warfarin’s blood-thinning abilities along with cranberries and cranberry juice. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see how much is too much.
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