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  • Food and Drug
    Interaction Guide

    Food and Your Medications

    Choose a type of medication:

    If you are not sure if your medication interacts with a certain food, ask your doctor, pharmacist or dietitian.

    Every day, people all over the world take medications to treat or prevent illness. These people enjoy a wide variety of foods; however, some foods can change how well drugs work. Some medications may interact with food that is already in our stomachs—these medicines should be taken without food. Other medications can upset an empty stomach and should be taken with food.


    This guide is designed
    to help you make decisions about the foods you eat when you are taking medications. It does not include all food and drug interactions and it is not meant to be a substitute for the advice of your doctor, pharmacist or dietitian.

     

    Allergies

    Allegra (fexofenadine)Claritin (loratadine)

    Benadryl (diphenhydramine)

    Zyrtec (cetirizine)

    Antibiotics

    Avelox (moxifloxacin)Minocin (minocycline)
    Bactrim/Septra (sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim)Nizoral (ketoconazole)
    Biaxin (clarithromycin)Rifadin (rifampin)
    Cipro (ciprofloxacin)Sporanox (itraconazole)
    Diflucan (fluconazole)Sumycin (tetracycline)
    Ery-Tab (erythromycin)Tequin (gatifloxacin)
    Flagyl (metronidazole)Trovan (trovafloxacin)
    Floxin (ofloxacin)Vibramycin (doxycycline)
    Isoniazid or "INH"Zithromax (azithromycin)
    Levaquin (levofloxacin)Zyvox (linezolid)

    Anxiety ("nerves")

    Ativan (lorazepam)Valium (diazepam)
    BuSpar (buspirone)Xanax (alprazolam)

    Arthritis

    Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen)Ecotrin or aspirin
    Aleve, Naprosyn or Anaprox (naproxen)Relafen (nabumetone)
    Celebrex (celecoxib)Toradol (ketorolac)
    Clinoril (sulindac)Vioxx (rofecoxib)

    Asthma

    Deltasone/ Orasone (prednisone)Uniphyl (theophylline)
    Medrol (methylprednisolone)Ventolin, Proventil or Combivent (albuterol)

    Diabetes ("sugar")

    Actos (pioglitazone)Glucophage (metformin)
    Amaryl (glimepiride)Glucotrol
    Avandia (rosiglitazone)Glucotrol XL (glipizide)
    Diabeta/Micronase (glyburide)Glucovance (metformin/glyburide)
    Diabinese (chlorpropamide)Precose (acarbose)

    Diuretics ("water pills")

    Bumex (bumetanide)Lasix (furosemide)
    Dyazide / Maxide (triamterene/hydrochlorothiazide)Zaroxolyn (metolazone)
    Hydrodiuril or "HCTZ" (hydrochlorothiazide)  

    Gout

    ColchicineZyloprim (allopurinol)
    Indocin (indomethacin)  

    Heart Problems
    (Circulation and Irregular Heartbeat)

    Aldactone (spironolactone)Lanoxin (digoxin)
    Betapace
    (sotalol)
    Lopressor/Toprol XL (metoprolol)
    Blocadren
    (timolol)
    Normodyne/ Trandate (labetalol)
    Coreg (carvedilol)Tenormin (atenolol)
    Corgard (nadolol)Ticlid (ticlopidine)
    Coumadin (warfarin)Visken (pindolol)
    Inderal (propranolol)Zebeta (bisoprolol)

    High Blood Pressure

    Accupril (quinapril)Inderal (propranolol)
    Adalat/Procardia
    (nifedipine)
    Lopressor/Toprol XL (metoprolol)
    Altace (ramipril)Monopril (fosinopril)
    Atacand
    (candesartan)
    Normodyne/ Trandate (labetalol)
    Avapro (irbesartan)Norvasc (amlodipine)
    Betapace (sotalol)Plendil (felodipine)
    Blocadren (timolol)Prinivil/Zestril (lisinopril)
    Capoten (captopril)Sular (nisoldipine)
    Cardizem/Dilacor (diltiazem)Tenormin (atenolol)
    Coreg (carvedilol)Vasotec (enalapril)
    Corgard
    (nadolol)
    Verelan/Isoptin/Calan (verapamil)
    Cozaar (losartan)Visken (pindolol)
    Diovan (valsartan)Zebeta (bisoprolol)

    High Cholesterol

    Lescol (fluvastatin)Questran (cholestyramine)
    Lipitor (atorvastatin)Zocor (simvastatin)
    Mevacor (lovastatin)