Meds and food..

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    Sorry this may br a stupid queation..Does anyone have a good way to remember what meds you take with food and which ones you take on an empty stomach..
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    Hi, I am trying my best to summarize all the common drugs that are usually seen on practice tests.
    for most of the meds, if u know the side effects, u may figure out what meds taken on empty stomach or with food

    -antacid: always taken after meal cuz stomach food produces acid. Antacid (anti-acid) help the body neutralize that excess acid in the stomach to reduce pain
    -Antibiotics:all must take on an empty stomach EXCEPT FOR C&S cephalosporins (prefix cep) and Sulfonamides ( prefix sul) Cephalosporins are recommended to be taken with milk or yogurt
    -Antidepressant :
    SSRI: taken AM cuz of insomnia side effect
    Tricyclics: taken HS cuz of sedation side effect
    -Antiemetics: Reglan: take before meal cuz it interferes with food, and at night to prevent heartburn
    -Antifungal: take with food to decrease GI upset (antiFungal - Food )
    -Antigout: take with meal
    -Antilipemic agents:
    Bile acid sequestrants: take 1h before or 4-6 h after other meds to avoid blocking absorption
    HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors (statins) : take with food and at night
    -Antihypertensives:
    ACE inhibitors: empty stomach ( ACEmpty....got it? )
    Beta blockers: with meal
    Aldomet: take at hs to reduce daytime drowsiness
    Apresoline: with meal
    alpha 1 blockers (suffix zosin) take at hs to avoid fainting
    -Antithyroid: with meal
    -thyroid replacement med: Cytomel: take in AM cuz of nervousness side effect
    -TB drugs:
    INH: before meal
    Rifadin: with meal
    -ADHD drugs: the two common drugs are Ritalin and dexedrine ( i remember Ride )
    Ritalin: give 6h before hs cuz of insomnia side effect, give pc
    Dexedrine: give in AM to prevent insomnia
    -Diuretics :take with food or milk and of course in AM (yes! polyuria side effect)
    -Iron preparations: Feosol, Imferon (Fe Fe Fe...more fiber fiber....)
    -NSAIDs: with food or pc
    -Ulcers meds: mostly with meal except for Carafate: WITH EMPTY STOMACH cuz it will coat the surface of stomach (you don't want it to coat on surface of food ) to form a protective barrier

    Hope this helps, good luck!
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    Jane_88,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to type that out. That is such a HUGE help.
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    Quote from RNWannabe12
    Jane_88,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to type that out. That is such a HUGE help.
    You are very welcome
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    Quote from jane_88
    Hi, I am trying my best to summarize all the common drugs that are usually seen on practice tests.
    for most of the meds, if u know the side effects, u may figure out what meds taken on empty stomach or with food

    -antacid: always taken after meal cuz stomach food produces acid. Antacid (anti-acid) help the body neutralize that excess acid in the stomach to reduce pain
    -Antibiotics:all must take on an empty stomach EXCEPT FOR C&S cephalosporins (prefix cep) and Sulfonamides ( prefix sul) Cephalosporins are recommended to be taken with milk or yogurt
    -Antidepressant :
    SSRI: taken AM cuz of insomnia side effect
    Tricyclics: taken HS cuz of sedation side effect
    -Antiemetics: Reglan: take before meal cuz it interferes with food, and at night to prevent heartburn
    -Antifungal: take with food to decrease GI upset (antiFungal - Food )
    -Antigout: take with meal
    -Antilipemic agents:
    Bile acid sequestrants: take 1h before or 4-6 h after other meds to avoid blocking absorption
    HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors (statins) : take with food and at night
    -Antihypertensives:
    ACE inhibitors: empty stomach ( ACEmpty....got it? )
    Beta blockers: with meal
    Aldomet: take at hs to reduce daytime drowsiness
    Apresoline: with meal
    alpha 1 blockers (suffix zosin) take at hs to avoid fainting
    -Antithyroid: with meal
    -thyroid replacement med: Cytomel: take in AM cuz of nervousness side effect
    -TB drugs:
    INH: before meal
    Rifadin: with meal
    -ADHD drugs: the two common drugs are Ritalin and dexedrine ( i remember Ride )
    Ritalin: give 6h before hs cuz of insomnia side effect, give pc
    Dexedrine: give in AM to prevent insomnia
    -Diuretics :take with food or milk and of course in AM (yes! polyuria side effect)
    -Iron preparations: Feosol, Imferon (Fe Fe Fe...more fiber fiber....)
    -NSAIDs: with food or pc
    -Ulcers meds: mostly with meal except for Carafate: WITH EMPTY STOMACH cuz it will coat the surface of stomach (you don't want it to coat on surface of food ) to form a protective barrier

    Hope this helps, good luck!
    Great list of drugs/foods!!!!
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    What is hs?
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    Quote from mwc1230
    What is hs?
    HS= hour of sleep aka bedtime.
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    Quote from mwc1230
    What is hs?
    h.s. is an abbreviation for the Latin "hors somni" (at the hour of sleep) or bedtime.
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    My head was in the clouds! Lol I thought I posted right after that I realized what it was. Haha


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