How medicines and nutrients might interact
When conducting structured medication reviews and medicines optimisation, the interactions between medicines and foods/nutrients should be considered alongside drug-drug interactions.
This talk will introduce two ways to consider integrating nutrition into clinical practice:
- how nutrition affects health and medicines e.g. foods can influence the efficacy or toxicity of a medicine; micronutrient deficiency symptoms may be treated with medicines instead of a targeted nutritional approach; food allergies or intolerances may remain undetected and treated with medication instead of food avoidance to prevent symptoms
- how medicines affect nutrition e.g. medicines can decrease absorption of nutrients and cause micronutrient deficiencies influencing subsequent health status