Many are unaware that food and beverages can interact with prescription medications to cause adverse drug reactions, but certain combinations of drugs and food or drink are dangerous. Dairy products are one of the most common foods that can cause problems by reducing the effectiveness of certain antibiotics (particularly tetracycline). On the other hand, green tea has been found to improve the effectiveness of many antibiotics.
Grapefruit juice can block enzymes that metabolize certain drugs, and can make a drug much more potent than it should be. That, too, can result in adverse drug reactions. The most dangerous adverse drug reactions cause a dangerous drop or increase in blood pressure, or a fast-paced, irregular heartbeat. Less severe symptoms can include dizziness, headache, heartburn, and nausea. It’s critical to call a doctor or pharmacist if you experience any reaction that seems out of the ordinary because adverse drug reactions can kill.
It’s just as important to educate yourself about how you can protect yourself from lack of coverage for medical care. As people are living longer, they need health care coverage for more years. Medicare Supplement Insurance (also known as Medigap Insurance) can pay for expenses that Medicare does not cover. Nearly 10 million seniors have already enrolled in Medicare Supplement Plans.
According to American Viewpoint’s national telephone survey of 500 Medicare enrollees with Medigap Plans, 77 percent thought their Medicare Supplement Plans provide “excellent” or “good value” for their money. You can learn more about what these plans can do for you at no cost. Just call 866-323-1441 to reach friendly experts at MediGap Advisors.
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Wiley Long is founder and president of Medigap Advisors, and is passionate about helping people navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. He is the author of The Medicare Playbook: Designing Your Successful Health Coverage Strategy, a clear and simple explanation so you can make the most of your Medicare coverage.