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Avoiding certain foods with certain RX Meds.

Antibiotics: If you are taking any RX meds that has its name ending in "floxacin" or "cycline" then avoid eating foods rich in magnesium or calciumas they dramatically reduce the absorption of the RX medicine. These foods would include dairy products, green leafy vegetables and almonds, to name a few.

Antidepressants: Certain antidepressants can be harmful when paired with foods such as chocolate, aged cheeses, cured meats and alcoholic drinks. These foods all contain tyramine which helps regulate blood pressure. Tyramine is controlled by an enzyme called monoamine oxidase that is blocked by drugs that are MAOI's (monoamine oxidase inhibitors). These foods high in Tyramine can build up in the blood causing dangerously high blood pressure.

ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure: Potassium can be interfered with and increased. If this occurs then minimize intake of bananas, tomatoes, potatoes and leafy greens

Statins: statins (primarily simvastatin / Zocor and atorvastatin / Lipitor) can either decrease or increase levels of Vitamin D (responsible for building bones, absorption of calcium and helping with immune function) as well as the other 3 fat based Vitiamins A, E and K. Grapefruit amplifies statins in the blood which increases the risk of muscles pain, liver damage or kidney damage.

Foods to take on certain RX meds:

Antidepressants: Folate has been shown to improve patient response to some antidepressants.Folate is high in leafy greens, asparagus, brussel sprouts, citrus fruits, beans, legumes and folic acid rich cereals. Talk to your MD to see if folate can be added to your diet.

Estrogen / HRT : make sure your diet includes folate, magnesium,vitamins B-6 and B-12

ACE Inhibitors: Zinc is typically depleted with this class of drugs (Capoten, Vasotec, Zestril and Monopril). Oysters, beef, poultry, beans, yogurt, zinc fortified cereals are all beneficial.

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