Taking Medicine On Full and Empty Stomach

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My head is achy. Feels like someone is hammering it repeatedly. I cannot do my routine household choir and daily assignments. Then mom told me to take medicine right after eating. Never take a medicine when hungry or stomach upset may occur.

For me the above scenario holds true until my baby boy’s pediatrician says something different. Most of the medicine she prescribes should be taken on full stomach. But this medicine should be taken about one hour before feeding and any food should not be given for approximately one hour. The doctor further explained that milk and other food will hamper its absorption. If I am not mistaken, the medicine is the iron supplement.

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Some medicine should be taken on full stomach and some should be taken on empty stomach. This is in accordance with US Food And Drug Administration Statement:

Does it matter if I take a medicine on a full or empty stomach?
Yes, with some medicines. Some medicines can work faster, slower, better, or worse when you take them on a full orempty stomach. On the other hand, some medicines will upset your stomach, andif there is food in your stomach, that canhelp reduce the upset. If you don’t see directions on your medicine labels, askyour doctor or pharmacist if it is best totake your medicines on an empty stomach(one hour before eating, or two hours after eating),with food, or after a meal (fullstomach).

Consult your doctor before deciding when to take your medicine. Empty or full stomach?


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