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Did You Know That Grapefruit Juice Can Interfere with Medications?

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Did You Know That Grapefruit Juice Can Interfere with Medications?

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Category: Wellness News

Published: Mar 1 2012 12:00AM

From the Department of Health Enhancement and Exercise Science, Maureen Edwards, Ph.D., MCHES:

Did you know that grapefruit juice and even fresh grapefruit can interfere with the absorption of certain drugs? Grapefruit tends to increase the absorption of these drugs producing higher blood levels. Higher blood levels of a drug can exacerbate negative side effects resulting in kidney and liver damage. The groups of drugs most commonly affected include: cholesterol lowering medications, high blood pressure medications, anti-anxiety drugs, medications for heart arrythmias and even certain antihistamines. Not every drug in each category is affected so it is best to check with your pharmacist if in doubt. You should also know that taking your medication either several hours before or after consuming grapefruit may still be dangerous. The FDA advises those taking any of the drugs listed above to stop consuming grapefruit products while on the medication.

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