AC: Ante Cibum

When medications are advised to be administered ‘AC’ it means they are designed to be taken on an empty stomach, before eating.

AC is an abbreviation for the Latin term ‘Ante Cibum’ which means ‘before meals’, and is often used by doctors when writing out prescriptions.


How long should you take AC medications before eating?


Generally, patients are advised to wait at least an hour after consuming these types of medications, although it is important to seek specific advice from your doctor. 


Why is it important to take some medications AC: Ante Cibum?


Certain drugs, including some CBPMs, need to be absorbed into the bloodstream efficiently without the interference of food, which could alter their effectiveness. For some medications, taking them on an empty stomach ensures faster absorption and, consequently, quicker onset of action.


What should you do if you forget to take my medication AC: Ante Cibum?


That really depends on which medication you have been prescribed. If you have forgotten to take a medication that needs to be taken AC, it is best to consult your doctor or pharmacist for specific instructions. In some cases, you may need to wait until the next scheduled dose, or you may be advised to take the missed dose with some food. In some cases, it is crucial not to double up on doses, as this can lead to potential side effects or unintended drug interactions.


Can you take my medication AC: Ante Cibum with other medications?


It is always important to consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medication with your current regimen. Some medications may interact with each other, and taking them at the same time can affect their effectiveness or cause adverse effects. 

Most medical cannabis products can be taken alongside most other medications, but it is always best to consult your prescribing specialist for specific guidance. 


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