Disposing of Your Medicine
Discarding medicine safely can prevent medicine misuse.
Starting each day with a grapefruit, grapefruit juice or a banana for breakfast sounds healthy. If you are on certain blood pressure or cholesterol medications, these otherwise nutritious foods may cause dangerous interactions or decrease the effectiveness of the medicines you take to keep you healthy.
The best way to know if the foods you eat interfere with your medicine is to ask a pharmacist. They might suggest you change what you eat or drink. Or, they might suggest you change the time you take your medicine. At Henry Ford Health System, our pharmacists work with you to avoid harmful combinations of food and medicine. The next time you pick up your prescription, be sure to ask your pharmacist if you need to avoid any foods or beverages when you take it!
Some common problems with food and medicine are:
Please call 911 if you have an emergency or urgent medical question.
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