What does it mean if a medication should be "taken with a meal"? Is it before, during or after a meal?

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  • ML
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    First, it means that this medication can upset your stomach if taken on empty stomach. But it is a difference between three versions. When you take medication after the meals , it means that sometimes it works slower, when our stomach is full. The third version can be something in between of two. It is necessary to speak with your pharmacist or your doctor. I take my medication for diabetes before meals  to be sure that it begins working when I eat.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    If other instructions tell you to take it on a full stomach, then you would take it after meal.  If not, before is fine.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    ask the doctor who prescribed it or your pharmacist. It would also help if YOU CAN READ... Read the paperwork you got with it.. 

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  • Edward
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    I think the answer is in your question

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  • 4 weeks ago




    preposition: with


        accompanied by (another person or thing).

        "a nice steak with a bottle of red wine"



        accompanied by

    in the company of

        escorted by

            in proportion to.

            "the form of the light curve changes with period in a systematic way"


        possessing (something) as a feature or accompaniment.

        "a flower-sprigged blouse with a white collar"

            marked by or wearing.

            "a small man with thick glasses"


        indicating the instrument used to perform an action.

        "cut it with a knife"

            indicating the material used for some purpose.

            "fill the bowl with water"


        in opposition to.

        "we started fighting with each other"


        indicating the manner or attitude of the person doing something.

        "with great reluctance"


        indicating responsibility.

        "leave it with me"


        in relation to.

        "my father will be angry with me"

            affected by (a particular fact or condition).

            "with no hope"

            indicating the cause of an action or condition.

            "trembling with fear"

            because of (something) and as it happens.

            "wisdom comes with age"


        employed by.

        "she's with IBM now"

            as a member or employee of.

            "he plays with the Cincinnati Cyclones"

            using the services of.

            "I bank with the TSB"


        in the same direction as.

        "marine mammals generally swim with the current"


        indicating separation or removal from something.

        "to part with one's dearest possessions"


    away with

    used in exhortations to take or send someone or something away, in, out, etc. "off with his head"

    be with someone

    agree with or support someone. "we're all with you on this one"

    with it

    knowledgeable about and following modern ideas and fashions. "a young, with-it film buyer"

    with that

    at that point; immediately after saying or doing something dramatic. "with that, she flounced out of the room"


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  • drip
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Ask your pharmacist! 

    The point is your stomach should t be empty. The medication can cause some Irritation to your stomach.

    Since there is a lot of different medication , ask your pharmacist 

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I have mine just before I start eating,  or during, if I forget at the start.

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  • 1 month ago

    It doesn't matter. You can take your meds within a minute or so of eating, after you finish or during the actual eating. As long as there is food in your stomach when you swallow the pill or soon after, it will be fine. They don't want you to take it on an empty stomach.

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  • geezer
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    ''With'' means ''during the meal''.

    You should take the medication at the same time as the food, so that it goes down into your stomach mixed in with the food .. This medication obviously needs to be taken while there is food in your stomach and to make sure, the medication says ''with'' because ''after'' could mean a different thing to different people.

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  • JuanB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, exactly....before, during or after a meal

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