Is your diet interfering with your medication regimen?

Some aspects of diet may diminish or heighten the effect of prescription drugs or cause harmful side effects.


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You take your pills on time each day and get your prescriptions refilled before they run out. But all that hard work to stick to your medication plan can be scuttled if your diet is undermining the drugs' effects. "I see a lot of people who don't believe in the importance of following dietary recommendations for medications. That's a concern," says Dr. Randall Zusman, a cardiologist and Harvard Medical School associate professor.

Dietary risks

The following foods, drinks, or ingredients can interfere with specific drugs.

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