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Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Year : 2020, Volume : 10, Issue : 3
First page : ( 188) Last page : ( 194)
Print ISSN : 2231-5683. Online ISSN : 2231-5691.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2231-5691.2020.00033.7

Interactions between common foods and drugs - a narrative review

Banerjee Swapan*

Department of Nutrition, Seacom Skills University, Kendradangal-731236, Dist.-Birbhum, West Bengal, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: sbanerjee90@gmail.com

Online published on 16 September, 2020.


Common people often knowingly or unknowingly commit mistakes about the simultaneous selection of some foods and daily recommended medicines. A drug or medication prescribed by a doctor should be taken as per the schedule, but consuming a particular food item at the same time may be fatal due to the food-drug interaction. This study reviewed the identified literature for twenty years and discussed the latest knowledge on food and drug interaction. The objective of this review study is to consider the details of the interactions between two essential eatable items and to analyze both sides, good and bad. In the narrative review study where the publications cited from the last twenty years of original research and review articles based on relevant keywords. Potential commonly consumed foods and highly recommended daily medicines as drugs have been considered. The study analyzed that so many foods are having adverse effects on the human body while interacting or reacting with some medication. Foods and drugs are both mandatory, but the concerned patient must select the right foods by a dietitian and the drug based on prescription by a doctor. The knowledge of food and drug interactions is undoubtedly compulsory to avoid health hazards and further complications.



Foods selection, Food-drug interaction, Health hazard, Foods safety, Diet, Nutrition.


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