Module 06 discussion – common medication-nutrient (food) interactions
You should be alert to any drug interactions which may occur when you take certain medicines. Warfarin, a drug used to manage stroke risks and prevent blood clots, is an example. When taken in conjunction with some foods and supplements, the chance of serious side effects or bleeding can be increased. Avoid foods that are high in vitamin K like dark chocolate or avocados, green leafy veggies such as spinach and Kale, and food rich in beef liver. Alcohol, grapefruit and cranberry should be avoided as they interfere with medication effectiveness.
It is vital to educate clients about these interactions and emphasize that certain foods should be avoided. If indicated by the healthcare provider, diet restrictions may also need to be emphasized. It is also beneficial to discuss proper storage methods with patients so that they understand how to keep medications away from light sources of heat which could reduce their potency. In addition, keeping track of progress via regular laboratory tests allows professionals to monitor levels and adjust dosage when necessary.
The final step would be to give the patient a form of handout that summarizes all topics discussed. They can then refer to it whenever they are in doubt.