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Will taking my medications mixed with flaxseed powder and applesauce cause them to not be absorbed?

I do not know how to specifically answer that question since you did not tell me which medications you are taking. Flaxseed contains a compound called mucilage, which may bind some medications and keep them from being fully absorbed as they travel through the intestinal tract.

One on-line source of information you may check is ConsumerLab.com, then click on the box that says The Natural Product Encyclopedia. You will need to subscribe to this web site for full access to information that will help you find food-drug interactions for your medications on this site. In addition, I recommend that you discuss this question also with your physician, pharmacist, or dietitian for advice regarding the potential for food-drug interactions for your specific drugs.

faq posted 02/02, updated 8/03


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These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.

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