Taking Medicines

Frequently Asked Questions

14. Why do some medications need to be taken with meals?

Taking some medicines with food can help the body absorb the drug. On the other hand, certain foods can slow down absorption. Foods can also sometimes prevent stomach upset, a common side effect of some medicines. Taking medicine with a full glass of water can reduce the chance of getting an upset stomach because the water helps the medicine dissolve faster. The drug’s label should tell you whether to take the drug with or without food and whether it is important to drink an entire glass of water along with the medicine.