Bring a full glass of water. Chances are good that you have read this instruction on the side of a pill bottle or a package leaflet. Now the results of a new study emphasize how important it is to do exactly what the indications for your medicine suggest – because when drug manufacturers state water, that’s exactly what they mean.
A study published in a July issue of Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal looked at the effects of consuming various beverages for medication in “oral solid dosage forms” (meaning pills, capsules or tablets).
Looking at five brands of over-the-counter drugs, all of which are indicated for pain relief, inflammation or allergies, they concluded: “The tested beverages should not be used as a substitute for water when taking medication.” This is because in almost all cases, these drinks significantly increased the drug’s disintegration time, which can cause the drug to dissolve before it is designed for the body to absorb. This can, of course, affect its effectiveness in relieving your symptoms and any other problems.
Keep reading to learn which drinks this research group says you should not take your pills. Also, do not miss the amazing effect that eating yogurt can have on your brain, new studies suggest.
The study addressed two variables for beverage temperatures: 41 degrees and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only do we know that coffee contains powerful compounds and caffeine that can potentially cause drug interactions, but the study suggests that hot beverages, such as coffee, can alter the drug’s chemistry and decay time.
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Known for its vitamin C, orange juice can be a drink you turn to when you are in the weather. In the case of this study, they found that orange juice was one of the most important beverages that affected the timed release of a drug comparable to Tylenol.
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We probably do not need to remind you that most common soda brands are not good for your health. (Perhaps it is also worth mentioning that sugar can increase inflammation.)
Coca-Cola was a drink that affected the breakdown of most drugs in the study, except one that is intended to treat allergy symptoms.
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When you are not 100%, you may be looking for something to add a little pepper to your step. But energy drinks were also among the drinks the researchers say you should discontinue to take these medications.
(Drinking too many energy drinks can also be extremely difficult for your health: Read too much of this popular drink that caused a 21-year-old to have heart failure, says a new study.)
Buttermilk may not be one of the most common beverages in many Western households. However, researchers’ use of buttermilk may also suggest that dairy drinks in general are not ideal to take with your pill.
Fortunately, water is not the hardest thing to swallow – it is actually one of the keys to good health. Continue reading:
- What happens to your body when you stop drinking water
- Adding this to your water can lower weight and cholesterol, science says
- Taking this supplement without water caused a 20-year-old to have a heart attack
- An important effect of drinking Seltzer water, science says
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