Our food and our medicines are prone to chemical reactions when mixed or taken together. These reactions might be toxic or life-threatening. Some reactions are gradual but some are instantaneous which can get you to a hospital in no time.
We usually don't get told which food cannot go with which medications. To help you pick out the things to look out for, we made a list of fatal food and medication combination.
Make sure to list them down for your future reference.
1. Limes with cough medicine
Drugs inside the body need to be broken down by an enzyme after it has done its job. But some citrus fruits like lime, pomelo and Seville oranges may prevent the enzymes from metabolizing dextromethorphan known as a cough suppressant. It also blocks statin in cholesterol-lowering drugs. Once the medication like dextromethorphan builds up in the bloodstream, it can cause hallucination and sleepiness; whereas, the statin can cause severe muscle damage.
2. Fermented or aged food with antidepressant
Tyramine that is usually found in amino-acid rich food like sausage, salami, cheese and alcoholic beverages can cause hypertensive reaction to patients taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOIs antidepressants. This reaction occured when the gastrointestinal tract prevents the catabolism of exogenous or outsourced tyramine.
3. Chocolate, Caffeine with Ritalin
Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant commonly used to treat (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD), and narcolepsy. Chocolate and caffeine contain another stimulant called theobromine. The rule is you can not take two or more stimulants altogether. It's suicide.
4. Apple juice and allergy meds
This apple juice and antihistamine drugs combination may not be fatal but it makes the drug 70% less effective as a result. Certain peptide found in apple juice prevents the drug from getting into the bloodstream, thus preventing its maximum effectivity.
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5. Cinnamon with anti-coagulant
Anti-coagulant or warfarin is used to prevent blood clots and indirectly affects thickness of blood, or thinness. Cassia cinnamon brands that are common in American brands are rich in coumarin which is also known to thin blood. It is also known to cause kidney and liver damage.
6. Alcohol with paracetamol
Taking both alcohol and paracetamol or acetaminophen at the same time is like making your body do two jobs at a time. Only one kind of enzyme is responsible in breaking down alcohol and acetaminophen, If you're a regular alcohol drinker, it's not a good thing to take paracetamol at all. Pairing them everyday can eventually lead to liver and kidney failure in much faster rate than just with alcohol.
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