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Vitamins and Soda

Does anyone have knowledge/thoughts on whether it is bad to take pills or vitamins with soda? I always think about that experiment where you can put a nail in a can of soda and the soda is supposed to eat away at the nail until it is gone. Could taking a vitamin (or any other pill) with a drink of soda ruin it before your body can absorb it?

Mon. Mar 27, 7:52pm

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Most things are not going to be affected by taking them with soda. The reason that soda can "eat away" at the nail is in large part due to its acid pH. Well, when you think about it, oral medications end up in your stomach,which is much more acidic than the soda you are drinking. In fact there are some drugs like antifungals that are better absorbed with an acidic drink like orange juice or soda.
Obviously, there are some cases in which it is particularly best to ingest the medications with water. For example, if you have excess stomach acid and are taking an not to do it with soda. Medications like Fosamax and Actonel have very specific instructions about being taking with a full glass of water only, before any other food or drink of the day......
In general, probably best to take most things in water to be safest, but MOST medications/vitamins it shouldn't make a difference. If you have specific medications questions, I suggest talking to your local pharmacist.

Monday, March 27, 2006, 8:45 PM

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kind of off the subject

... but I read somewhere recently that one of the reasons Americans have such a calcium problem is because we drink too much soda. Something (I don't remember what) in the soda eats away at the calcium in our bones.
I've sworn off soda completely and am attached to my 32oz. Nalgene bottle full of water :)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 12:22 AM

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Why are you drinking soda? It is SO bad for the body. I would take pills with water instead.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 7:31 AM

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Phosphorus that's what leeches out the calcium from our bones. One scary thing about soda (carbonated drinks) is that it has recently been found as one of the causes for the esophageal cancer - I totally find it plausible, I'd never heard of cancer of esophagus until I came to the US, and now at least two ppl who had it.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 12:46 PM

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A combination of advil and caffeine from soda has been said to relieve a headache quicker. Having said that, I always take my vitamins with good ol' H2O!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 1:12 PM

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Soda is just plain bad. You should really take them with water just for the fact that you need the water and you will intake at least one of the 8/8 you need without really thinking about it. I am a fitness instructor and I try to get all of my students off of any form of soft drink whether it be diet or regular. I understand the need for some people is the caffeine, however there are a lot of healthy alternatives to replace sodas. Check it out.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 2:56 PM

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Why do people always attack each other on this site? The OP didn't ask if soda was healthy - we all know that it isn't - and she didn't ask if water would be better for her. She just asked if soda would make the pills less effective. Why can we never stick to the topics?!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 5:05 PM

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And to get a little more off topic...

I, personally, am a soda lover (though trying to quit or cut down!). It is not really helpful to tell someone how AWFUL their guilty addiction is. We all know it already, thanks. We all focus on some things over others, though constructive criticism is great, preaching is just annoying. (Ironic that I'm posing that, huh??) :)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 6:37 PM

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Don't ask if you already know what might be coming. I don't think anyone here was attacking. Also some people have no clue how bad things are. Obvious from the original post. Everyone just breath......

Thursday, March 30, 2006, 3:25 PM

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To the last poster, why do you have to go and attack someone because they've asked people to not be so harsh? You've just done what they asked you not to do, in addition to demeaning the OP by saying they have no clue. Writing "everyone just breath" at the end of you post does not really soften the edge to it.

As a poster from before said, people are often too critical in how they write their responses. You can always count on a few "are you dumb, soda is sooooooooo bad for you" responses, but at least the first poster answered the thread and then a few others threw in some interesting side notes.

Couldn't people be just a bit more gentle in the way they tell someone to avoid a bad habit/behavior?

Thursday, March 30, 2006, 7:45 PM

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Soda rules

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 4:23 PM

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