Food and Drug Interactions
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Cancer patients may be treated with a number of drugs. Taking certain foods and drugs together may decrease or change how well the drugs work or cause life-threatening side effects. The following table lists some of the food and drug interactions that may occur with certain anticancer drugs:Drug-Food Interactions
|Brand Name||Generic Name||Food Interactions|
|Targretin||Bexarotene||Grapefruit juice may increase the drug's effects.|
|Folex||Methotrexate||Alcohol may cause liver damage.|
|Mithracin||Plicamycin||Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may decrease the drug's effect.|
|Matulane||Procarbazine||Alcohol may cause headache, trouble breathing, flushed skin, nausea, or vomiting, Caffeine may raise blood pressure.|
|Temodar||Temozolomide||Food may slow or decrease the drug's effect.|
Talk with your doctor about possible food and drug interactions.
Taking some herbal supplements with certain foods and drugs may change how well cancer treatment works or cause life-threatening side effects. Talk with your doctor about how herbal supplements may affect your cancer treatment.