• Some medications should be taken with food. Depending on the medication, there are different reasons for this.

  • Some medications should be taken on an empty stomach. This is usually because food prevents the medication from being fully absorbed into the body.

  • Dairy products, antacids, and iron preparations prevent some medications from being properly absorbed into the body. If the medication is not properly absorbed, it may be less effective.

  • Drowsiness, or feeling abnormally sleepy, is a common side effect of many medications. Drowsiness can affect your ability to drive, operate machinery, or do other things that require alertness. It affects some people more than others. The following types of medications can cause drowsiness: Narcotics used to relieve pain (e.

  • In general, all medications should be taken with a full glass of water, unless your doctor or pharmacist recommends otherwise.

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