Some medicines must be taken with or after food to prevent risks like stomach irritation, indigestion, stomach inflammation and ulcer. Some of the most common medicines that must be taken with or after eating food are aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac or ibuprofen, and steroids like dexamethasone or prednisolone. Also, mouthwash or oral topical ointments are recommended after eating the food to prevent them from washing away.
Some medicines like allopurinol or bromocriptine are prescribed after a meal as they can cause nausea and vomiting. Likewise, some medicines are prescribed after a meal to prevent heartburn, indigestion, and reflux or help process the meal and absorb the medicine into the bloodstream. In conclusion, medicines must be eaten as prescribed by the doctor or as written on the back of the packaging for certain over-the-counter medicines.
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