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Are there any known interactions between Thrive Coffee and medications or health conditions that customers should be aware of?Updated 4 months ago

It’s important to be aware that coffee has the ability to affect the absorption of many drugs, through a number of mechanisms including impacting gastric emptying time, changing the gastric pH, and affecting the dissolution profile of the medication. 

Generally speaking, consuming coffee simultaneously with your medication could influence its efficacy - either making it more or less effective, depending on the medication. A 2020 review of various medications, showed that coffee has a notable impact on the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of numerous drugs. 

The following meds are those that you should avoid washing down with a coffee:

  • Thyroid Medication (Levothyroxine)

  • Cold or Allergy Medication

  • Diabetes Medication

  • Alzheimer's Medication

  • Asthma Medication

  • Osteoporosis Medication

  • Antidepressants

  • Antipsychotics

  • Blood Pressure Medication

  • Melatonin

However, the list of medications that have potential interactions with coffee is pretty long, so if you take medication, we suggest that you discuss the potential risks of consuming it with coffee with your doctor or pharmacist. Regarding the other main component of Thrive Coffee - MCT - there are no common interactions that are known between MCT and medications. 

When it comes to known interactions with health conditions, there is a chance that the coffee in Thrive Coffee may interact with any of the below conditions, but we strongly suggest that this is generally based on excessive consumption of products containing caffeine:

  • Anxiety disorders - These may be aggravated when high amounts (4 or more cups a day) are consumed.

  • Bipolar disorder - there is a chance that very high consumption of caffeine can aggravate symptoms of mania in bipolar patients.

  • Bleeding disorders - There is some evidence that caffeinated coffee may increase fibrinolytic activity in blood.

  • Smoking and cardiovascular disease - One observational study showed that, in current smokers with a history of acute coronary syndrome, consuming more than 3 cups of coffee daily is associated with more than a two-fold increased risk of overall mortality.

  • Diabetes - Caffeine has been reported to cause increases and decreases in blood glucose so it’s worth using with caution.

  • Diarrhoea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Caffeine may exacerbate loose stools in those already suffering with diarrhoea.

  • Epilepsy - Those with epilepsy should avoid using high doses of caffeine; low doses should be used with caution. 

  • Glaucoma - Drinking caffeinated coffee increases intraocular pressure. The increase occurs within 30 minutes and persists for at least 90 minutes.

  • Hypertension - Short-term caffeinated coffee consumption can temporarily increase blood pressure. Usually, increases in blood pressure occur 30 minutes after ingestion, peak in 1-2 hours, and may last for over 4 hours.

  • Urinary frequency and incontinence - Caffeine is a diuretic so intake in higher quantities can increase urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence in those susceptible.

When considering the ongoing use of MCT oil, it may be preferable to avoid the use of the Thrive Coffee in those suffering from:

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