Food and Drug Interactions
Some foods do not mix safely with certain drugs.
Cancer patients may be treated with a number of drugs. Combining certain foods and drugs may decrease or change how well the drugs work or cause life-threatening side effects. The following table lists some of the food and drug interactions that may occur with certain anticancer drugs:
|Brand Name||Generic Name||Food Interactions|
|Targretin||Bexarotene||Grapefruit juice may increase the drug's effects. |
|Folex||Methotrexate||Alcohol may cause liver damage.|
|Mithracin||Plicamycin||Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may decrease the drug's effect.|
|Matulane||Procarbazine||Alcohol may cause headache, trouble breathing, flushed skin, nausea, or vomiting, Caffeine may raise blood pressure. |
|Temodar||Temozolomide||Food may slow or decrease the drug's effect. |
Some herbal supplements do not mix safely with certain drugs or foods.
Taking some herbal supplements with certain foods and drugs may change how well cancer treatment works or cause life-threatening side effects. Talk with your doctor about possible interactions with herbal supplements.