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Whats the best food to eat after taking penicilin for two weeks to put some good bacteria back in the gut?
I was prescribed Levofloxacin and cant have iron within two hours. are there any low iron foods I can eat before taking my medication?
Levofloxacin: It is important to take oral levofloxacin at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after any antacid or mineral supplement containing iron, calcium, zinc, or magnesium since these bind levofloxacin and prevent its absorption into the body. Dietary intake of foods should not significantly alter the uptake of this medication. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Low iodine diet: The test gives you radioactive iodine, so you don't want to eat a lot of normal iodine, which will dilute the isotope. Avoid seaweed (kelp), dairy, eggs, iodine in vitamins and high salt foods. If the test is for graves or a nodule, it will not matter much. This is more of a concern if the test is for thyroid cancer, or if you are about to receive a treatment dose of radioiodine. ...Read more
What foods should I eat while taking radiation for vaginal cancer, also what are the best drinks to drink ?
Depends on symptoms: Treatment with radiation towards the pelvis may have effects on the bowel. If diarrhea develops we suggest a low fiber diet. If a patient becomes fatigued we try decreasing carbohydrates and increasing protein. For most a balanced nutritious diet with variety works fine. All of this is tempered to not change a diet for a diabetic or other specialized diets when needed. ...Read more
What kind of foods should you eat when you are taking depakin400mg a day and citolaperam 40mgs a day?
Mediterranean diet: In general, mediterranean diet has plenty of research demonstrating healthy outcomes. Avoid alcohol w/your valproic acid (http://www.Drugs.Com/food-interactions/valproic-acid, depakene.Html) & citalopram (http://www.Drugs.Com/food-interactions/citalopram.Html). Don't forget that regular exercise is also key to your health (and mood!). ...Read more
How long can food remain safe to eat, while being outside fridge
ie; while taking a lunch box for long journeys / or work; ect?
Depends: It really depends on what the food is. ...Read more
Diet: Well balanced food, well cooked and not raw. Try to cut down carbohydrates and red meat especially processed red meat. No alcohol and no cigarette. When taking chemo-many time appetite is affected and decreased. Try to encourage your grandma to still eat her meals. If nauseous, hot food or very cold food may help better than food in room temperature. Best of luck for your grandma. ...Read more
Healthy nutrition: There is no single "best" food. Diet & nutrition are driven by availability, culture, religion & seasons. It helps if you eat what you like, within reason. Best to avoid regular consumption of fast, fatty, fried foods, salt, sodas, sweets, etc. Check out DASH, Mediterranean & vegetarian/vegan diets for starting points. Eat as close to natural as possible, avoiding processed foods whenever possible ...Read more
No 1 right answer: Anemia can be caused by many things. As mentioned above, iron deficiency can cause anemia; the best diet to correct that is one with lots of meat. Folate (folic acid) or vitamin B12 deficiency cause anemia; lots of green leafy vegetables can correct folate (folic acid) deficiency. Some people have problems absorbing b12; in that case just eating more won't help. Some other tests will help your doctor answer the question. ...Read more
A balance: Foods that are really healthy: fruits - most are really healthy. Fresh vegetables are great - eat a variety of colors to get different nutrients. Eggs, most fish, lean chicken and red meat are good. Complex carbs such as whole wheat foods, brown rice, sweet potatoes for instance. Avoid sweets, simple carbs and highly processed foods. Avoid soy. ...Read more
Most foods are fine: There are few foods which you might call 'acidic'. This may include oranges and other tart foods. Most of the acidity in our stomach is produced from the normal acid secretions of the stomach which can bother some folks especially if they have acid reflux problems. This can be easily controlled with antacids like zantac (ranitidine) or pepcid. Prilosec is even more effective. ...Read more