Knowledge can mean better health for you and your family.
Knowledge is the best medicine KIBM
Remember when it comes to your health, knowledge is
the best medicine.

What you need to know

The name(s) of the medicine

Why you are taking it

If you have taken medicine in the past, how it affected you

When and how you should take it

The effect(s) (wanted or unwanted) the medicine will have on you

How long you should take the medicine for
- will you need refills

Is it safe to use with the other medicines you are taking

Should you take it on an empty stomach or with food

Is alcohol safe to drink while you are taking this medicine

Are there any foods / beverages (e.g., grapefruit, milk) that you need to avoid while taking it

Some foods can interact with certain medications and can effect the way the drug acts in your body.

Ask your pharmacist if there are any foods that you should avoid when taking your medications.

Two common examples of foods that can interact with medications are listed below.

Grapefruit / Grapefruit Juice

  • Drinking grapefruit juice and eating grapefruit can effect how your body breaksdown certain medications
  • Depending on the medication grapefruit can either increase the amount or decrease the amount of medication that gets absorbed into your body
  • The effect depends on the medication and can be different between people
  • These effects can last several days (e.g., if you take your medication at night and drink grapefruit juice in the morning, there can still be an interaction)
  • Seville and pomelo oranges are also known to cause this interaction

Dairy Products

  • Calcium in cheese, milk and other dairy products can bind with certain medications and lower the amount of medication that gets absorbed into the body (this is common with a number of antibiotics)
  • It is recommended to take your medication at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after consuming dairy products

More information on how to take your medicines properly

The more you know about your medications, the more you become a team player in your own healthcare.