On these pages are natural cures for internal problems that we have used ourselves or have verified with health books. These alternative cures may use herbs, pure essential oils, vitamins, and/or food. They are more than home remedies, folk medicine, or old wives' tales!
Talk to your doctor before making any major change. Starting a natural remedy may require your doctor to change the dose of your prescription medicines. You can read more about this in our articles.
Lots of people take their medications with orange juice at breakfast. But, medication should not be taken with juice of any kind.
Almost all juices will cut the effect of medication by 50 percent. When you need Vicodin for extreme pain, you certainly do not want any of the few pills you received to work at only 50 percent strength. Medication can be taken four hours after drinking juice, or take your pills with water at breakfast and drink your juice with lunch four hours later.
The exception to this new finding is grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice will increase the effect of your medication, and you should not take any medication for 3 days after drinkiing it.
These results came from studies on statins (for high cholesterol), antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, and antihistamines. Considering this variety, it is likely that all medications are affected by juices.
If you gave up certain medications because they seemed way too strong or way too weak, but you were drinking juice, you might ask your doctor about trying again following these rules.