Why do we need food in thr stomach for some medicines, and based on this, is there a “best food” to have before taking medicine?

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Why do we need food in thr stomach for some medicines, and based on this, is there a “best food” to have before taking medicine?

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Most of the time when a medication is to be taken with food, is because the medication itself stimulates the secretion of stomach acid. If you are making stomach acid but have nothing in your stomach to digest, you get gastritis and reflux. In bad cases it leads to stomach ulcers. Any food is generally fine, just something for that acid to digest.

You don’t NEED food for any medicine, they tell you to do that because if the medication is rough on the stomach, it can cause a stomach ache if eaten on an empty stomach

Other than otherwise written about, sometimes the reason is the medication is not water soluble, so it needs some fat to dissolve in. Mostly any food has enough fat but I believe there are some medications requiring specifically fatty food.

Some medicines can be very irritating to the stomach, and food reduces the irritation and build up of acid in the stomach that might cause heartburn / reflux.

There’s really no best food, other than avoiding food that you already experience discomfort eating. It’s more a matter of quantity and a small snack or light meal should suffice for most people. If you notice stomach irritation, take the medication with a larger meal.

It’s just so it won’t irritate your stomach so much, AFAIK you can take it by itself and it still works but will be uncomfortable