Jefferson University Hospitals

Food-Drug Interactions

A food-drug interaction happens when the food you eat affects the ingredients in a medicine you are taking so the medicine cannot work the way it should. A food-drug interaction can cause serious reactions in your body that may require emergency medical attention.

Food-drug interactions can occur with both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including antacids, vitamins and iron pills. Be sure to read directions, warnings and interaction precautions printed on all medication labels and package inserts; even over-the-counter medications can cause problems.

If you suspect that you are experiencing a serious food and drug interaction or if you have symptoms that concern you, call your local poison control center or 911 immediately.

You can also access immediate medical care at Jefferson's Department of Emergency Medicine. We offer world-class emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City and Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia.

Both Hospitals' Emergency Departments are staffed by attending and resident physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, technicians and staff specially trained in emergency medicine.