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May 1997 Issue

Take Pills With Food...With Water...On an Empty Stomach...Confused?

Q. I'm not much of a breakfast eater. Does it matter if I take my morning medications with just a cup of coffee? A. That depends. In some cases, it's very important how you take your pills—with food, with water, or on an empty stomach. It can influence whether medications work faster or slower than they should...or perhaps whether they work at all. Taking certain drugs with food not only enhances their absorption,

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