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Best Practice Programme 2023

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How medicines and nutrients might interact

11 Oct 2023
PCN GP Pharmacist Theatre

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

Lisa Jamieson, Pharmacist Consultant and Managing Director - Enucleo Limited

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