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I'm prone to getting acid reflux (felt in lower neck). Among other times I seem to get it often on an empty stomach. Is there any connection there?

I'm prone to getting acid reflux (felt in lower neck). Among other times I seem to get it often on an empty stomach. Is there any connection there?

Acid suppression: Esophageal reflux is treated with Life Style modification. Weight loss if obese, change in diet like avoid large fatty meals and foods that cause reflux like onions, chocolate, mint, coffee Alcohol, smoking etc. Eat at least 3 hours before going to bed. Do not over eat. If not successful you can try over the counter H2 Blockers like Ranitidine and in severe casesProtonPump inhibiters like Omeprazole ...Read more

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How important is it to take your thyroid meds everyday at the same time on a empty stomach? Also I heard never take this med w/anyother medications wait at least two hrs.

How important is it to take your thyroid meds everyday at the same time on a empty stomach? Also I heard never take this med w/anyother medications wait at least two hrs.

Thyroid med: Levothyroxine is a very safe drug. The most important thing is to take the medication. It's a long acting med so you don't have to take it at the exact same time each day but it's helpful to take it on an empty stomach. The medications that you cannot take at the same time with levothyroxine is multivitamin, calcium or iron pills as these will interfere directly with the absorption. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take both Epilim & Tegretol on an empty stomach? I take a higher night dose of both medications on an empty stomach at bedtime.

Is it ok to take both Epilim & Tegretol on an empty stomach? I take a higher night dose of both medications on an empty stomach at bedtime.

No restriction: You can take these medication on empty stomach. Always ask your doctor about the side effects you may have and how to take your medication. ...Read more

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I take thyroid medication with food and I feel better then when I take it on an empty stomach. Is this ok to continue to do as long as I feel good?

I take thyroid medication with food and I feel better then when I take it on an empty stomach. Is this ok to continue to do as long as I feel good?

Empty stomach: Synthroid (thyroxine) should be taken on an empty stomach as this would increase absorption.
However, I have pts that take it with food.
My recommendation is to get TSH levels checked more frequently.
You should avoid taking it with walnuts and high-fiber foods. ...Read more

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The most effective way to take flucloxaillin capsules? Will it be less effective if I'm on other medication & take it when I'm not on an empty stomach

The most effective way to take flucloxaillin capsules? Will it be less effective if I'm on other medication & take it when I'm not on an empty stomach

Flucloxacillin: It is best to take flucloxacillin 30 minutes before meals or 2 hours after for maximum absorption. It is also advisable not to co-administer at the same time with multivitamins containing minerals, calcium pills etc. Other drugs such as tetracycline and proton pump inhibitors may decrease its efficacy. ...Read more

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It is compulsory to take antihypertensive drug empty stomach early morning?

It is compulsory to take antihypertensive drug empty stomach early morning?

No it is not compuls: No it is not compulsory. Bp drugs can be taken in the morning and at night and without regards to food. Only BP meds not to be taken at night are diuretis and those combination drugs containing diuretics. ...Read more

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I am taking ferrous sulfa. Drug 3x daily, and it says to take on an empty stomach. After I take this drug, how long later can I eat? I am anemic.

I am taking ferrous sulfa. Drug 3x daily, and it says to take on an empty stomach. After I take this drug, how long later can I eat? I am anemic.

Ferrous sulfate: This is best absorbed from an acid stomach environment. Take ferrous sulfate on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Avoid taking antacids or antibiotics within 2 hours before or after taking ferrous sulfate, and you can probably eat at about the same time. ...Read more

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Is Armour Thyroid taken with other medications, or to be taken seprately and on a empty stomach?

Is Armour Thyroid taken with other medications, or to be taken seprately and on a empty stomach?

Armour Thyroid: Hi, Yes it has to be taken on empty stomach 30-60 minutes prior to the breakfast and no other medication especially supplement for 2-4 hours. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take medicine on an empty stomach?

Is it bad to take medicine on an empty stomach?

It depends: Some medicines actually work best if taken without food. Follow instructions on the packaging and I f you are still not certain, consult your pharmacist or your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take norgesic on an empty stomach?

Can I take norgesic on an empty stomach?

Yes: Unless you are sensitive to the Aspirin in the medication, there is no reason you can't it on an empty stomach. ...Read more

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Do I take the GI cocktail on an empty stomach?

Do I take the GI cocktail on an empty stomach?

Depends on what for: Generally "GI cocktail" is antacid/anti-gas/numbing medicines. Taken when symptoms e.g. heartburn/dyspepsia occur, often to distinguish causes but not as long-term remedy - thus when taken depends more on when sxs than necessarily timing of meals. Would require MD followup esp w Gastroenterologist if persistent to assess causes. Happy to review the details in consultation, if further question ...Read more

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Is it ok to take plavix (clopidogrel) on an empty stomach?

Is it ok to take plavix (clopidogrel) on an empty stomach?

Yes it is ok: There is no problem by taking Plavix (clopidogrel) on an empty stomach.
There is risk of bleeding regardless of how you take it, and bleeding from the stomach is more common if you take Aspirin as well, for which you should be on an anti-acid. Ask your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Is better to take probiotics with food or at empty stomach?

Is better to take probiotics with food or at empty stomach?

Experiment with both: Apart from certain probiotics such as saccharomyces boulardii, in clinical testing, most probiotics are inconsistent in their effectiveness in restoring normal intestinal flora functioning. Though pre-meal dosing may work in some people, a post-mealtime dose may work on others. In most cases, it doesn't harm the patient- but is it worth the extra health resource dollars? That'is debatable. ...Read more

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If you take a pill on an empty stomach, can it cause vomiting?

If you take a pill on an empty stomach, can it cause vomiting?

No-: Vomiting is caused by something that locally irritates the opal cavity or intestinal tract or a central nervous system stimulant such as a noxious smell. That activates a center in the brain. It can also be caused by intestinal blockage or intense pain. It has little to do with what is in the G.I. tract. The noxious stimulant causes a reversal of the usual pattern of intestinal motion ...Read more

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