Drug-Food interactions: Bananas

Did you know that the everyday foods we eat can totally change the way prescription drugs act in the body ?

Bananas and other high potassium content foods like leafy vegetables, oranges, potatoes and salt substitutes  do not mix well with some drugs like ACE inhibitors and diuretics

Why?

ACE inhibitors are a class of drugs used to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients. However, it also increases the potassium levels in the body.

Examples of such drugs include: ramipril (Triatec), captopril (Captopril Denk), perindopril (Coversyl), enalapril maleate (Vasotec).

Diuretics, also known as “water pills,” are also used to treat high blood pressure. According to the FDA (Food Drug Association), potassium can also pose a problem if it is combined with diuretics with potassium sparing effects like triamterene

 

High amounts of potassium can cause heart palpitations and an irregular heartbeat which could be deadly

How do I check for food-drugs interactions ? 

Anytime you’re given a newly prescribed or over-the-counter medication, you’ll want to always read the drug warning labels.

Be sure to ask your doctor and/or pharmacist about which foods or other drugs you should avoid or be concerned about taking, based on your diet.

You may want to see if there is a different medication you could take, that would work better with your diet.

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