5 Dangerous Food-Drug Interactions

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
The foods we eat can interfere with the medications we take.
Patients may not recognize that otherwise healthy foods can have severe consequences when mixed with certain drugs.
As medication experts, pharmacists should recognize their responsibility to clearly communicate the risk of possible food-drug interactions for both prescription and OTC medicines.
Here are some of the most dangerous food-drug interactions that pharmacists can help prevent:

1. Calcium-Rich Foods + Antibiotics
Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese can interfere with certain medications, including antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline, and ciprofloxacin.
These antibiotics may bind to the calcium in milk, forming an insoluble substance in the stomach and upper small intestine that the body is unable to absorb.