How seriously do you take the warnings on your prescription drug bottles?
If you happen to pop painkillers on an empty stomach, or throw back (just) one glass of wine even though your doctor recommended otherwise while taking a round of antibiotics—you might be jeopardizing your health.
Here are seven medication warnings you never want to ignore…
1. Taking Drugs Without Eating
If you pop your arthritis medication (i.e., Naproxen) before taking a bite of your bagel, you could be doing more than giving yourself a nasty tummy ache. Pharmacists will often remind those filling prescriptions for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), and even buying over-the-counter ibuprophen, to take with food for good reason. While food often acts as a defensive barrier between acidic meds and your tender stomach lining—many drugs also require small amounts of fat for effective absorbency and full potency.