Are you taking medications but they are not bringing your condition or conditions under control? Other than the trial and error necessary for finding the right combination and doses of medication(s) for your conditions, there may be some other reasons to consider as to why your medications are not working properly. Sometimes, it is not just a single reason, but could even be a combination of reasons. You should work with your doctor to determine the reasons for the low efficacy of your medication. In the meantime, you can consider the following three reasons.
Other Medical Conditions – you may have undetected medical conditions that are affecting the way your medications work in your body. Some conditions such as some stomach conditions, high blood pressure, hormonal issues and even poor sleep can change how your medications work.
Wrong Medications: It may be possible that you could be taking the wrong medications. Many boxes, blister packs and pills look very similar. You may have popped your pills in a pillbox and lost track of what you were doing. If you take lots of pills, or have a medication that is complicated to you, it may be better to ask your pharmacy for a dosette box service.
Improper diet – this may be something you don’t even think about! It’s hard to believe, but there are actually certain foods that can interact with your medications. For example, grapefruit, alcohol, dairy and kale can interfere with the efficacy of some medications and in some cases, cause a reaction. Here are some foods and what they interfere with:
- Calcium rich foods — antibiotics
- Pickled, cured and fermented foods – monoamine oxidase inhibitors (certain antidepressants)
- Vitamin K – rich foods (such as kale, broccoli, spinach, cabbage and lettuce) — warfarin
- Grapefruit & Grapefruit juice – statins
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and if you have any questions, please do ask your GP or pharmacists if your medications have any contraindications with any foods. PTMD has caring, knowledgeable and discreet professionals available during opening hours for consultation with any and all questions regarding food and drug interactions. We can also answer any questions and guide you step-by-step in obtaining our exceptional dosette box services in order to easy your mind and create a worry-free medications experience for you. We are your dosette box pharmacy in Kingston, Sipston on Stour and Moreton in Marsh.