OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions

Have a question or want to show off your project? Post it! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

Threaded View
This ng has an amazing amount of knowledge available and I haven't been
successful in my internet searches for an answer, so I come to y'all- once
again- for answers.

A friend told me that any prescription medicines or vitamins that I take
with a swig of my much-loved Diet Cherry Coke are a waste.  She claims the
Coke will cause my body to not absorb them or the Coke will 'destroy  or
breakdown the meds/vitamins or some such.  I really didn't pay much
attention since I didn't want to hear that stuff.  (She lectures me on the
dangers of any diet drink.)  Does anybody know if this has any truth to it
or not?  Or any ideas on what or how I can search to find out for certain?

And, please, no lectures on drinking Diet Cherry Coke- it's one of the small
pleasures I have left.  ;-)

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.


Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
I have not heard that but I have been told not to take Tums or Rolaids
and then my vitamins. Read the bottle and it says on there not to take
within 2 hrs of medication. The only other thing I've heard is
grapefruit juice can effect the absorption of vitamins and medications.
Take Care
joanna

Leslie& The Furbabies in MO. wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
I always read the enclosures with any meds- RX or over the counter.  I've
never seen any mention of carbonated drinks, diet drinks, etc.  I am aware
of not mixing any antacid or grapefruit or it's juice.  But that's about all
I've seen with 'do not mix together' things.

Thanks for your reply!

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

Quoted text here. Click to load it


Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
On Aug 2, 5:29=A0pm, "Leslie& The Furbabies in MO."
Quoted text here. Click to load it

My doc told me (less than three years ago) that things like coke ("and
other such drink, that we should not normally drink") makes the
medication absorb _faster_ that taking them with water. Okay, we were
talking a swig, but so are you. Now, this was about pain medication,
not vitamins, but it was based on advice from the leading headache
experts in the UK :-) There was no discussion about diet or not,
though.

I had a quick look online, and found nothing on this (other than the
usual "don't drink (diet) soda"), here is _a_ list of interactions:
http://labelmesane.com/drug_interactions_artificial_sweeteners_over_the_cou =
nter_foods_and_vitamins.html#dietdrinks

Personally, I prefer Diet Coke :-)

Hanne in DK

Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Very informative, Hanne.

Thanks for the link, I discovered some info that will be useful.

Ginger in CA

On Aug 2, 9:47=A0am, snipped-for-privacy@dcs.qmul.ac.uk wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it


Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Leslie& The Furbabies in MO. wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

Leslie,

I don't pretend to be an expert, but I've never heard that.  The only
thing I've heard is that a person shouldn't take their meds with calcium
supplements because the calcium can prevent proper absorption.

Michelle in Nevada, USA
and fellow diet cherry coke drinker.  :-)

Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Oopsie!  I am guilty of the calcium conflict!  I'll have to time them more
carefully.  Thanks!

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

Quoted text here. Click to load it


Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Ya, the calicum carbonate is what Tums and Rolaids are made of. So it
applies to most calicum supplements as well.
Joanna

Leslie& The Furbabies in MO. wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Okay.  You got me there too.  I've been taking calcium with my bp med.  I
can toss it down some other time   Recently, I had to take an antibiotic -
Cipro - and that stuff is a heap of trouble to take.  2 hours before this, 6
hours after that, not with dairy, okay with food.  Mercy.  Coordinating
fireworks with the 1812 Overture would have been easy compared to that.
Polly


Quoted text here. Click to load it


Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Agreed, Cipro does wonders but is a pain on when to take it.  Speaking of
recent experience.

Steven
Alaska


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
The caffeine in the diet coke dilates blood vessels, so will likely
result in faster absorption, many headache and cold/flu tablets have
caffeine in them for this reason.

If you are still uncertain, you could try searching for the specific
artificial sweetners and drug interactions.

Cheers
Anne

Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Thanks, Anne.  I hadn't thought of a search using those words.

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

Quoted text here. Click to load it


Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
if it contains aspartame or nutra sweet, same thing different names, there
is some effect on the mix of meds with diet coke. it is not a natural
sweetener but artificial.
i'd much prefer drinking sugar than the artificial stuff, even with all
those calories.
http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects.html
thats just one website with info about it.
heath ledger was taking some kind of meds and drank lots of diet coke
apparently and look where it got him.
as soon as the food/drink companys start using steveia, a natural sweetener,
the
better i reckon.
i read stevia has been approved by the FDA as GRAS(generally recommended as
safe).
stevia is also calorie free.
iirc, it was the sugar growers who lobbied against using stevia.
stevia is sweeter than sugar so less is needed to do its job so the growers
make less money out of it.

sorry, that reply is not well written but i'm sure you can search and read
up on that anyhow.
brain in yet in gear this am.
j.
<who gave up fizzy drinks a few years back, just cuz. i have one small glass
maybe 3 times a year>

"Leslie& The Furbabies in MO." wrote...
This ng has an amazing amount of knowledge available and I haven't been
successful in my internet searches for an answer, so I come to y'all- once
again- for answers.

A friend told me that any prescription medicines or vitamins that I take
with a swig of my much-loved Diet Cherry Coke are a waste.  She claims the
Coke will cause my body to not absorb them or the Coke will 'destroy  or
breakdown the meds/vitamins or some such.  I really didn't pay much
attention since I didn't want to hear that stuff.  (She lectures me on the
dangers of any diet drink.)  Does anybody know if this has any truth to it
or not?  Or any ideas on what or how I can search to find out for certain?

And, please, no lectures on drinking Diet Cherry Coke- it's one of the small
pleasures I have left.  ;-)

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.




Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
On Aug 2, 11:29=A0am, "Leslie& The Furbabies in MO."
Quoted text here. Click to load it

I'm not an expert, Leslie, but that just sounds bogus to me. I drink
a lot of Coke (not diet)...my doc knows this as I have joked that it's
the only vice I have left. I take a lot of meds, and he's never
mentioned
any kind of interaction.
(and I'm the last person on earth who's going to lecture you! :-)

Sherry

Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
I hope this isn't a totally discouraging interjection, but I have to
mention something I've learned about ALL sodas that contain phosphoric
acids or some form...   Phosphoric acid combines in the digestive
system with any calcium it finds, and binds tightly to it, making the
calcium unavailable to the body. Since calcium is needed in many
important functions, when there is no calcium in the diet, the body
gets the needed calcium from its storehouse of the mineral -- the
bones.

Bones are constantly being built up and torn down by cells called
osteoblasts and osteoclasts. The former store calcium in the bones,
and the latter mine the bones for calcium when it is needed elsewhere.

The other bummer is that caffeine steals calcium too.

Having been diagnosed with osteopenia of the spine (pre-osteoporosis)
I've given up sodas with p. acid.  I've only managed to reduce my
coffee intake.  Just a head's up - since bone density is a BIG DEAL
for all women esp.

Musicmaker

Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
The cross country track coach at our local high school strongly encourages
(mandates) his athletes give up soda pop for those reasons.
Don't forget to take your Vitamin D as well as your calcium.

--
Kathyl (KJ)
remove "nospam" before mchsi
We've slightly trimmed the long signature. Click to see the full one.
Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions

Quoted text here. Click to load it

And to have moderate exposure to the sun, not sunbathing but just gentle
exposure, Vitamin D is made through the skin. Also enough Magnesium in
the diet, Remember those leafy green veg
Marion in Nitten

Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Everyone should have their vit D level checked.  Mine was low and I took a
mega dose to boost it back to normal and now take a suppliment (1000mg)
every day.

--
Kathyl (KJ)
remove "nospam" before mchsi
We've slightly trimmed the long signature. Click to see the full one.
Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Taking vitamin D + calcium has good and bad.  Good is I have the prettiest
nails in the Swamp except, of course for the gators.  Boy!  can they ever
grow nails.  The bad is I have to have my toenails trimmed by Yogi's groomer
when they being to clack on the new floors.  Polly


"KJ" <> Everyone should have their vit D level checked.  Mine was low and I
took a
Quoted text here. Click to load it


Re: OT Diet coke vs vitamins/prescriptions
Well darn.  It hasn't done anything for my nails.

--
Kathyl (KJ)
remove "nospam" before mchsi
We've slightly trimmed the long signature. Click to see the full one.

Site Timeline