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Can You Take Medicine With Coffee, Tea, Milk or Coke?

December 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment ·
 
 

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You probably have heard your mum’s nagging not to take medicine with coffee, tea, Coke or fruit juice.  Most of the times, you just follow.  But, have you ever wondered whether it is true?  If so, what is the reason behind it?

Yes, you should not take medicine with caffeinated drinks, citrus juice or milk.  Here are the reasons:

  1. These beverages may break down the medication and causing the medicine to be ineffective.  For instance, the tannic acid in tea will reduce the digestion of drugs.  Orange and apple juices may block the effect of some drugs wiping out any potential benefit to patients. Only half of the dose was absorbed into the bloodstream, compared with water.
  2. Furthermore, they do not help in absorption of certain components like iron.
  3. Worse, they may have interaction with some of the medication.  The carbonic acid in soft drinks and juice as well as the protein in milk may cause adverse chemical reaction to the medicine.  Personally, I do not like swallowing pills with carbonated drink.  It make me burp more.

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The other tip is not to take any medication immediately after breakfast.  Wait for at least an hour if you take milk, tea or coffee.  If you drink milk before you go to bed, then, you should take your medicine an hour before sleeping.

Therefore, I recommend you to take medicine with water.

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  • Elias // Mar 12, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Disappointing. I can only swallow crushed pills with Coke or Cherry Coke. I won’t even drink water unless it’s had Mio flavouring added to it in juice like amounts. (Actually dehydrated enough and went to ER once.) I guess i just have to accept partial dosages.

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