“Why do medicines have to be taken before, during or after meals?”

When they prescribe medicines, doctors always say whether they should be taken before, during or after a meal. Where does that recommendation come from? The newspaper Sud Ouest has published an article summarising François Chast’s book “Les médicaments en 100 questions” [Medicines in 100 Questions]. In his book, the author explains how food can affect a medicine’s efficacy. Some foods, for example, influence how a medicine passes into the bloodstream. The impact can be more or less significant, depending on the medicine. Chast also offers advice on taking medicines. For example, should we take them with water to ensure they are fully effective? These are real questions that it is sensible to ask before taking your treatment.

Read the full article on the Sud Ouest website (in French).