When a drug is labeled “take with food.” it’s important to follow those instructions; they can prevent a potential negative interaction such as nausea and stomach issues. Some medications work better when taken with food so that the blood can absorb them properly.

For a general list of medicines that shouldn’t be taken on an empty stomach click “view slideshow.” However, it’s also important to consult with your pharmacist or prescribing physician about how to take any medication.