Stay Alert and Informed

A food-drug interaction can prevent a medicine from working correctly, cause a side effect from a medicine to get worse or cause a new side effect.  A medicine can also change the way your body uses a food.  A number of factors can affect how your medicines work, such as your age, weight and sex; medical conditions; dosage; other medicines you take; and vitamins, herbals and other dietary supplements.  Every time you use a medicine, carefully follow the label information and directions from your doctor or pharmacist.

Some medicines can work differently depending on whether you take them on a full or empty stomach.  If you don’t see directions on your medicine tables, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is best to take your medications on an empty stomach (one hours before or two hours after eating), with food or after a meal (full stomach).

Source:  U.S. Food and Drug Administration