Don't take those allergy pills with your Big Mac. And for heaven's sake, don't go to bed after taking your Fosomax.
When it comes to chemistry, some medications and some foods just don't have it.
"Many people take their meds incorrectly and don’t have a clue," said Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care.
For example, grapefruit juice makes for great drinking, but not with antidepressants.
"If you drink grapefruit juice, your liver has trouble processing meds for coughs, migraines, cholesterol, allergies, ADHD and some antibiotics," Eghrari-Sabet said.
It's estimated that almost two-thirds of Americans use meds. Some 32 million take three or more a day. To get the max from your meds, avoid bad combinations. Read the RX inserts and the fine-print warnings.
Once you learn the wrong combinations, try learning a few new tricks. Dr. Jackie suggests the following:
Bad medicine-food combos: