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    Beta-Blockers/Food Interaction

    This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug, changing your diet or commencing any course of treatment.

    Medical warning:

    Very important. A change in your diet, medicine, or dosage may be necessary. Promptly consult your doctor or pharmacist.

    How the interaction occurs:

    When food is taken with this beta-blocker medicine, the amount of medicine in your bloodstream may be higher than if it is taken on an empty stomach. It is not clear why this is true. It may be due to an increase in the amount of medicine you absorb into your bloodstream or a decrease in the speed at which your body processes (metabolizes) it.

    What might happen:

    Your blood levels of this medicine may increase.

    What you should do about this interaction:

    Always take this medicine with meals or always take it on an empty stomach (one hour before or two hours after food). This will help you to avoid unwanted changes in the level of this medicine in your blood. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) for more information.Your healthcare professionals may be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change your medicine or diet before checking with them first.


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    CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

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