Before taking any drug with carbonated drinks understand its interaction with them and take as per doctor’s advice.
Carbonated drinks have become a part of our staple diet. Carbonated drinks are often considered as an alternative to water and other drinks. Normally any medication that is advised by our doctors is to be taken with water or juices. Sometimes we may feel it is better to take it with carbonated beverages. Not all drugs can be consumed with carbonated beverages or for that matter specific beverage. Carbonated drinks that contain caffeine may not be suitable as they may interact with drugs, causing adverse reaction like nausea, vomiting, etc. While some drugs may be taken with carbonated drink, most of them are to be avoided and taken with water or juices. It is advisable to know the interation of drugs with carbonated drinks before you consume them.
Drugs for Asthma like Theophylline, Albuterol, etc are to be taken with water as taking them with beverages like colas which contain caffeine may have adverse reaction. Similarly they should not be taken with alcohol, as there is a risk of side effects like nausea, vomiting, headache and irritability. You may also find it useful to check with the pharmacist so that you can adjust your meals from high fat to high carbohydrate depending upon its reaction with foods.
Among other drugs for infection to treat fungi and bacteria like Azithromycin, Clarithromycin can be taken with food to avoid GI distress. However, doctors and medical practitioners would advice you to avoid taking them with citrus foods, citrus juices and carbonated drinks. Similarly Penicillin is one drug that should be avoided with citrus juices and carbonated beverages. It is advisable to take it with 8 ounces of water.
Doxepin hydrochloride is a tricyclic antidepressant drug. It has to be taken with 120ml of water or milk or juice. It is specifically advised to avoid taking it with carbonated drinks as it is incompatible with them and can have ill effects like nausea, constipation etc.
The cholestyramine, a prescription medication which is mainly given for the purpose of lowering cholesterol level is sold under brand names Questran, Prevalite, LoCholest etc. It is also used to treat the itching which is caused by blockage in bile ducts. It should be taken as per doctor’s prescription and advice. It should be preferably taken with non carbonated drinks.
Another drug is VoltFast which is prescribed for reducing inflammation and relieving pain. It is generally used for short term treatment. The Volfast sachet should preferably be dissolved in a non carbonated drink.
Similarly Perphenazine, brand name Etrafon, is used in management of psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. It can be taken with water, saline and a few soft drinks like carbonated orange drinks and pineapple, apricot juices. It should not be mixed with beverages containing caffeine like coffee and cola.
There are different drugs which interact with carbonated drinks while some may have little or no effect at all. It is very important to seek the advice of the doctors on the consumption of the drugs and their interaction with carbonated drinks. The interaction may not be what we expect to be and may have adverse effects.
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