Food and Drug Interactions -

Food and Drug Interactions:

A drug interaction is a situation in which a substance affects the activity of a drug, i.e. the effects are increased or decreased, or they produce a new effect that neither produces on their own. These interactions may occur out of accidental misuse or due to lack of knowledge about the active ingredients involved in the relevant substances. Some drugs can work faster, slower, better or worse on an empty stomach while others will upset an empty stomach. Alcohol also has significant effects on medication use. Drinking alcohol while taking medication, or before and after, can affect how the drug works in the body.

Here are a few cancer drugs and the interactions noted with specific food items. Do make a point to read this.


This is only a brief list of drugs that are mentioned. Please check with your healthcare professional regarding do’s and don’ts when you are on any particular medication.

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