Just a Spoonful of Sugar… But is it Safe? - Mixing Food and Medicine is a Tricky Task, But FLAVORx has the Answer

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It is not uncommon to mix medicines with food in attempt to disguise their terrible taste. However, drug/food mixing must be handled carefully to ensure compatibility and compliance. FLAVORx has developed the key to satisfying your taste buds and your health.

Milkshakes, orange juice, and sometimes even chocolate pudding - at one point or another in our lives we have all tried some type of creative technique to mask the terrible taste of certain medicines. Sometimes it works, and sometimes you have a mouthful of prescription tasting milkshake, but the medicine is ingested and all is well.

Or is it?

Both over the counter and prescription medicines can cure many health problems or ease the symptoms; however it is only with the proper administration that they are useful. Many medicines have active ingredients that are highly reactive and sensitive to food and drink, which can not only negatively impact efficacy but can also cause dangerous side effects or other problems. Therefore it is vital for health to check with your pharmacist or doctor when using last night’s pie or leftover Halloween candy to hide a medicine’s taste.

Few know or realize this but most ‘kitchen cabinet’ taste disguisers should be used with caution, including common items like calcium-containing products (milk and yogurt), caffeine (coffee, tea and chocolate), and food and drink high in potassium or acidity (bananas and oranges). According to the Food and Drug Administration, if mixed improperly, these additions can decrease drug concentration, alter drug absorption, decrease effectiveness and also produce unnecessary side effects like nausea, vomiting, or irregularity of the heart rate.

Luckily for the at-home mixers out there, one company has come up with the answer. FLAVORx Inc. offers FDA-approved flavorings that safely and naturally turn terrible tasting medications into delicious flavors such as bubblegum, pink lemonade, raspberry, butterscotch, grape, and even icy melon snow cone. Best of all, these flavorings do not alter the effectiveness or potency of medications. The only flavorings developed specifically for use in medications, FLAVORx flavors are sugar-free, non-allergenic, dye-free, alcohol-free, sodium free, very concentrated so only a small quantity of the inert drops need to be added to even a large bottle of medicine and therefore side effects are non existent. Kenny Kramm, CEO and President of FLAVORx, says that "proper medication administration and compliance is of the utmost importance to a quick and full recovery so that long term health of a child is not affected."

Not many people know what flavors cover each medication the best but at FLAVORx they certainly do. To see some of the worst tasting drugs and the flavors that cover them best go to http://flavorx.com/wheelofyuck.html for an interactive demonstration.

With the worst flu season on record predicted for this winter, it is important to be mindful of both treatment and precautionary measures. Resting can help the body fight a virus, in addition to plenty of clear fluids like water or electrolyte replacement drinks or juice to avoid dehydration and replenish vitamins. But if you need medicine, both proper drug administration and compliance are crucial. One of the top selling flu antiviral medicines, Tamiflu, is highly effective in fighting the full-blown symptoms of the flu if taken upon onset of initial symptoms, however warns Doctor Franklyn Stroud "the medicinal aftertaste itself is extremely bitter". This can be easily remedied by adding a safe and effective flavoring. Safely flavoring over 50 million prescriptions over the last decade FLAVORx flavors are 100% safe and effective and have never been the cause of a medication not working, or cause of an adverse reaction or even an incidence of allergy.

As a general rule of thumb, always check with your doctor and pharmacist for usage instructions such that you obtain the maximum benefit with the least amount of risk.

Here are a few tips on what you need to know:

  • the full name and function of the medication
  • how much, how often, and for what duration of time the medicine should be taken
  • the method in which it should be administered
  • the proper storage method for the medicine
  • the common side effects or reactions
  • the interactions with other medications

To learn more about the safe administration of both prescription and non-prescription drugs, and more information on FLAVORx, please visit http://www.flavorx.com. For questions on your specific medication, please feel free to contact Kenny Kramm at 800.884.5771 x201.

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