How long after drinking coffee can I take my medicine?

How long after drinking coffee can I take my medicine?

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  1. Q: How long after drinking coffee can I take my medicine?
    The long-term care facility I worked at had an ancient policy of no caffeinated coffee for residents due to interactions with medications. Since I was the one who heard the complaints from people who wanted their “real” coffee, I did some research on it.
    Caffeine doesn’t interfere with many medications. The acidity of coffee (caf or decaf) may interact or cause stomach upset.
    Grapefruit or excessive dark leafy greens or alcohol, to name a few, are more likely to be problematic. Discuss this with your pharmacist or MD: often you may consume the food in question, but not at the same time or in excess.
    The bottom line is that you have to check each medication for interactions with food, caffeine, and other meds. Drugs.com | Prescription Drug Information, Interactions & Side Effects has a good interaction checker. But your pharmacist is the best person to ask because she’ll know your specific meds, doses, and timing to give you your personal answer.

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  2. I don’t know what medication your taking, but if coffee will affect its purpose the instructions should be given to you by your pharmacist.

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  3. The best answer is repeated throughout the answers…. Ask Your Doctor or Pharmacist! Better yet, ask your doctor AND pharmacist. If they don’t agree on their advice, corner the doctor and get an answer.
    Some medications can cause nausea or upset stomach. Taking those after your coffee? I think you’re heading for a queasy morning. You should take those with food, not just coffee, to buffer the effects. Other meds need to be taken with food to assure that the absorption rate into the system is even. Food digestion aids in this process. Coffee is just food…. liquid food. But it’s also got all kinds of acids and those interact with the acids in your digestive tract, particularly the stomach. Read the fact sheet and advice they give you with the meds (if you’re talking OTC preparations).
    it’s not like the imaginary eating after swimming rule. There’s no proscribed time and those of us on multiple medications (I’m one of those six pill a day guys) know that some are recommended to be taken with food/meal and some after. Guide yourself accordingly. Read the manual, though.

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  4. The best person to tell you is the doctor who prescribed the medicine. Medicine comes in all types and since we on Quora don’t know what it is, we can’t advise you.

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