6. Does food affect medicine?

Because we are all unique individuals is difficult to predict how an individual may react to a combination of food and medicine. For most people it will not be a problem and for others caution will be needed.

Some medicines can cause stomach irritation if taken on an empty stomach, taking them with food usually stops this problem.

Medicines pass through the stomach and mainly get absorbed from the small intestine into the bloodstream. This explains why some medicines work faster on an empty stomach.

It is important to be consistent with daily doses taking them at the same time each day in relation to food. Either before, during or after food.

Some medicines for special conditions such as diabetes and mental illness have strict guidelines regarding food.

Tell your doctor if you have a special diet.

More information: med+info leaflets section 3 “Food”