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6/05/2019

Facts Behind Drinking Milk After Taking Medication

Drinking milk after taking medication is believed to help reduce drug side effects. However, this does not apply to all types of drugs. There are certain drugs that can actually cause bad effects if taken together with milk.

In general, drugs contain certain substances that can cause drug interaction effects if taken together with other drugs, supplements, or certain foods and beverages, including milk.


Drug Interactions with Food and Milk


Drug interactions with food and milk can occur due to misuse or accidental use, or the patient's ignorance of the drug content. Drug interactions can cause several effects, such as:

  • Making the work of drugs increase or even not optimal.
  • Resulting in side effects of the drug is lighter or even worse, and sometimes can also cause new side effects.
  • Interferes with the absorption of drugs, drug metabolism in the body, or the release of drugs from the body.

To ensure that this does not happen, ask your doctor or pharmacist about how to take the correct medication, and whether the drug can be taken using drinks other than water.

Milk Content and Its Effect on Drug Function


For certain drugs, drinking milk after taking medication is considered safe, it can even help the absorption of drugs and reduce digestive disorders due to side effects of drugs, such as nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal irritation, or abdominal pain.

While for several other types of drugs, drinking milk after taking medication is not recommended, because the ingredients contained in milk can inhibit the work of the drug.

Drugs that can be consumed by milk


One of the drugs recommended for consumption with milk is a group of corticosteroid drugs, such as prednisone. The reason is that this drug can increase the disposal of potassium and calcium from the body. Milk serves to replace potassium and calcium which are wasted due to the use of corticosteroid drugs.

In addition to corticosteroids, drugs that can be taken together with milk are a group of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs ). Milk serves to prevent side effects in the form of stomach irritation or abdominal pain, and nausea due to the use of these drugs.

Suggested Medications Consumed with Milk


Tetracycline antibiotics and quinolone groups are examples of drugs that are not recommended for consumption with milk. This is because calcium in milk binds the active substance in antibiotic drugs, so it cannot be absorbed by the intestine. As a result, the work of the drug is not optimal.

Anticancer drugs and iron supplements are not recommended for consumption along with milk. Because there is a container of milk that can interfere with the work of the two drugs. Just like antibiotics, consuming milk has the potential to make anticancer drugs and iron supplements not function optimally.

Basically, each drug has rules of use, effects of drug interactions, and different side effects. Make sure you read the information on the package if you use over-the-counter drugs.

If the medicine is obtained from a doctor's prescription, ask the doctor and pharmacist whether the drug should be consumed with milk. Do not hesitate to consult a doctor if you experience side effects of the drug, such as abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and drug allergies.

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