Medications & Nutrition
Helping busy clinicians access clinically-useful drug-nutrient and drug-food interactions research
Join the increasing number of innovative, busy Health Professionals who integrate pharmaconutrition into their daily clinical practice.
Medications have profoundly and positively changed health outcomes however they do generally come with some nutritional harms. By identifying and addressing the nutritional harms, optimal health outcomes are closer to being achieved.
Innovative clinicians are always looking for new expertise and/or new skills and/or new knowledge so they can continue to provide their best service to the people in their care – are you an innovative clinician? Will you integrate pharmaconutrition into your daily clinical practice?
The future is an opening,
a threshold to something new.
Are you ready to step through ...?
This resource lists a comprehensive range of drugs (~ 6,000) that are associated with the drug:nutrition interface i.e. drug effects on nutritional factors (drug-nutrient interactions, drug-food interactions) and the effects of nutritional factors on drug effects (eg malnutrition, weight change).
Included as available is the evidence relating to many of the following:
Whereby a prescribed medicine alters the availability of a nutrient or a nutrient alters the availability of a prescribed medicine.
Whereby a food alters the effectiveness of a prescribed medicine.
Whereby an alcohol-based food or drink alters the effectiveness of a prescribed medicine.
For example some statins negatively impact appetite with ongoing loss of weight as the outcome.
For example iron supplements alter gut microbiota in favour of pathogens.
Excipients (the ingredients mixed with the active ingredient) may cause harm for those with specific food allergies and intolerances such as gluten, lactose, galactose, phenylalanine.
This is particularly relevant to those with impaired swallow reflex or for those requiring enteral feeding. Alteration in medicine form or delivery format potentially alters its rate of absorption and extent of effect.
Which drugs can be transported by and/or inhibit the function of thiamine transporters? “Drug transporters” are in reality, physiological transporters that can also conveniently transport certain drugs; this area of drug transport is currently undergoing significant research.
- improves outcomes for those in your care,
- increases professional credibility with your colleagues.
Only look once for that prescribed medicine's information
Comprehensive range of prescribed medicines.
Each prescribed medicine's information is listed by both brand and generic names.
You can confirm the reliability of the information yourself
All entries referenced
Not included - papers that contain a mismatch between data presented and Conclusions
Maintains currency of the information
Updated on a regular basis.
In the process of changing periodic regular updates to ongoing frequently added new content (monthly).
You form your own conclusions.
The data is objective therefore you will apply it based on your own experiences and clinical practice.
Once you identify an interaction then you can manage it
Includes interactions between prescribed medicines and foodstuffs, alcoholic beverages, some "drug" transporters, and vitamins and minerals.
Once you identify an issue then you can manage it
Also includes impacts on BSLs, binding to plasma proteins, adverse reactions (relating to nutritional impacts), impacted nutritional biochemical factors, non-oral feeding, impaired swallow reflex.
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Starter - if you are curious and cautious,
Health Professional - if you are committed and keen.
Introducing change is always difficult as your current habits and systems are well established ... inclusion of new stuff can be an inconvenience.
Initiating new "habits" or systems takes time as you ask questions such as how do we include this important information on our already-crowded assessment page, and/or how do we integrate this information into our clinical management strategies; it requires discussion and resolution.
You also have to decide whether the investment of your time, learning and testing provides a reasonable benefit to the people in your care.
As it is difficult to decide whether a resource like our Medications & Nutrition is worth your investment, this free Magazine was developed as a sample of the broad range of applicability of this field in your clinical practice.
Change isn't easy to recognise as it arrives,
but it's impossible to forget once it's here.