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Drug delemmas

I came across an article which says that
Fruit juices block common drugs
in the article, the researchers explain that they're starting to figure out which chemicals in fruit juices interfere with the absorbtion of some medications. They also state that it's likely that this is a bigger problem than we realize.

The last quote from the researcher says that people should only take their medications with water. If I did that, I'd never take my medication. Pills get chased down with either coffee or soda a lot of the time. If they think they're changing that, they will have another thing coming. I'd also argue that maybe water isn't the best choice either. With all of the discussions of
drugs in the water
it probably isn't safe to take the pills with water. You can argue that the levels are small, but I wonder how much of the small amounts of medications are interfering with drugs we're taking intentionally and we just don't know it.

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kailen
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh great, maybe that's why it's taking me so long to get over pneumonia. I can't take pills of any kind with water...I start to gag, plus I can't stand the taste of most pills. I don't like taking pills with pop becuase I always get the hiccups, so that leaves juices. I'm just going to stick with it for now, I think. Nothing I can really do about it at this point.
puppybraille
Aug. 21st, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Oh, not cool. I didn't think about that, but it makes sense. And if I remember correctly, you can't do dairy products so I won't suggest taking milk. I really wish this would clear up for you soon, though I know that by design you're wishing that even more. I hope things get better!
kailen
Aug. 21st, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, the dairy is iffy. I'm supposed to eat yogurt since I've been on lots of antibiotics, and that's doing okay. I'm not a fan of milk anyway. Oh well...I never knew about this before now and I've always taken meds with juice and gotten better eventually, so I'll just continue on. I really hope I get better soon too.
puppybraille
Aug. 22nd, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hear that the yogurt is pretty important when you're on a lot of antibiotics. I'm glad that that hasn't been too much of an issue for you. I'd just stick with the juice. Like you said, it's worked before. These articles can only go so far.
rredhead
Aug. 20th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
I'd like to know what the sample size of the fruit juice study is.
I've known about the crap in tap water for a long time. We got a reverse osmosis filter. The frustrating thing is, bottled water is usually tap water. It might be filtered a little better, but it doesn't have to be. So people who drink bottled are actually getting WORSE water, because the plastic in the bottles can leach into the water.
Yes, we are slowly killing ourselves with everything we do. Lovely thought, isn't it?
puppybraille
Aug. 21st, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know about the whole thing with bottled water. It's just so much more convenient if I have to drink the stuff. I do think that as a society, we need to find ways to keep our environment more clean.
truthobjective
Aug. 21st, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Filtered water.
You know, if you can, you should see about drinking filtered water. I usually drink it most of the time myself, and it's pretty good stuff. refridgerated, it's great. :) I can see fruit juices made without such chemicals for the sake of those who regularly take medications.
puppybraille
Aug. 21st, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Re: Filtered water.
Yeah, I can sort of see the fruit juices without the chemicals, but they're naturally there, so it would be more engeneering... My issue with water probably wouldn't get resolved with a filter, I honestly just don't like the stuff. There's one med I have to take with water, but otherwise, I don't like to drink it. I'm trying to change that with my new year's resolutions from back in January, but I haven't been very successful.
truthobjective
Aug. 21st, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: Filtered water.
Hey I totally understand that. :) It took me quite a while to get used to the fact that drinking water aactually good, but seriously, once you get in the habit, you won't ever regret it! :) See if you can't run out to someplace like Walmart or something and look into filtration pitchers. Ours is really nice. Mark
puppybraille
Aug. 22nd, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Re: Filtered water.
I had a Brita pitcher for a while in my dorm room. It functioned as something to carry Julio's water from the kitchen half way down the hall to my room and ultimately into his dish. It provided enough for a few days. I never was able to tolerate the water from the tap, even in the pitcher at my school. It's bad... Really bad.
truthobjective
Aug. 22nd, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Re: Filtered water.
Yeah, I can understand that. :) Hey, I'm just saying it's one possibility. :) Not saying that you should go the filtered route, but hey, from my own experience, if you have to, it's definitely worth it. :) Anyway, hope you're well. Mark
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puppybraille
Aug. 22nd, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Okay, you win. But isn't there technically a tiny bit less water in, say, a latte, because of the fact that there are a lot of other chemicals taking up some amount of space, although it wouldn't be a lot. I'm horrible, I know, but I have to admit that my bad habits are so much easier to maintain...
ext_120673
Sep. 3rd, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Grapefruit juice does interfere with certain medications.. specifically it interferes with the metabolism of the drug, causing the drug to stay longer in the body.. we just learned about it a few weeks ago in class. Here's an article from the mayo clinic about it and a list of drugs that shouldn't be taken with grapefruit juice:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/AN00413
puppybraille
Sep. 4th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for this link! It's a good thing to know, especially because I was started on one of these meds last week (Zoloft) and have been on another one for almost a year (Metoprolol). I don't like grapefruit (at least to my knowledge), but it's good to know that it's not something I should be starting to try just to say I like another fruit.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 4th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Glad to help, strange coincidence that we learned about this a few weeks ago and then I happened upon your blog yesterday. I also did a quick search of the school library database with the keywords "fruit" and "drug interactions," and didn't find anything except the grapefruit. I think its great that you're being proactive with your health, keep up the good work. :)

P.S. - Try putting Crystal Light packets in your water.. makes it taste much better (like kool-aid!), is sugar free, and will help you get your water intake for the day. Their fruit punch and raspberry lemonade are really good.
ext_120673
Sep. 4th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Glad to help, strange coincidence that we learned about this a few weeks ago and then I happened upon your blog yesterday. I also did a quick search of the school library database with the keywords "fruit" and "drug interactions," and didn't find anything except the grapefruit. I think its great that you're being proactive with your health, keep up the good work. :)

P.S. - Try putting Crystal Light packets in your water.. makes it taste much better (like kool-aid!), is sugar free, and will help you get your water intake for the day. Their fruit punch and raspberry lemonade are really good.
ext_120673
Sep. 4th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Sorry, didn't mean to post that twice.
puppybraille
Sep. 5th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Don't worry, people who give me good information and are nice when they do it can accidentally post a comment more than once (smile). Seriously though, thank you for the information and following up with looking for other research. I wish you the best with your studies, we need as many people like you in the health professions as possible.
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