How to take medications – on an empty stomach or with certain food or drink

It is highly important to know which drugs should be taken on an empty stomach and which should be taken with certain food. There are some medications that must not be consumed without eating first. Such meds are acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and anticaid. Taking them on an empty stomach may cause nausea and stomach issues. Also, the drug may fail to be absorbed into the blood properly, meaning that it will not be effective as when it is taken with food. Moreover, other drugs that have to be taken with food are birth control pills, and metformin (drug used for treating type 2 diabetes).

In order to prevent bleeding in the stomach and intestines, it is recommended that aspirin, even though seems harmless, should be taken with food.

Other drugs like morphine, oxycodone, and codeine (opioids) need to be taken into the exact quantities prescribed as they are addictive and a link has been found with an epidemic in USA. 78 people died from opioid overdose. Take them with foods that are high in fiber to prevent vomiting, nausea, and constipation.

Those who suffer from inflammatory conditions like multiple sclerosis and arthritis are often prescribed prednisone. This medication should be taken with milk in order to prevent stomach ulcers. If you take it in a liquid form, then you should mix it with an apple sauce, or fruit juice.

If the cancer-fighting drug lapatinib is taken with high-fat food, its absorption will be increased by 325%. If in case you are taking this drug, you should ask your doctor about this study and get specific instructions for diet.

Drugs that are best absorbed on an empty stomach are: those for treating bone loss (alendronate), meds for thyroid replacement (levothyroxine), nexium, protonic, pevacid, and prilosec.

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