The number of drugs that can be dangerous if taken alongside grapefruit or other citrus fruits is increasing rapidly. Although the interaction between grapefruit juice and various drugs have been known for some time concerns have been raised over the number of drugs now involved and the lack of general knowledge in the health community.
Very few people are able to recall a great deal of what their doctor says. Maybe this is due to anxiety, or the words used, the amount of information being imparted, or the state of mind the person is in. Then again, the doctor may simply forget to tell you that your breakfast grapefruit routine can increase the risk of side effects or alter the intended effect the medicine.
Writing in the Canadian Medical Journal , a team of researchers at the Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada, state the number of drugs known to have serious side effects with grapefruit has risen from 17 in 2008 to 43 in 2012.
James Gallagher, a health and...
Lisa Nelson RD #8: Please clear up the confusion about grapefruit and medication! Is it safe for individuals taking medication for heart disease, such as Lipitor, to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice? When is grapefruit not allowed?
Dr. Shelby-Lane: I am including information that may help answer your question about grapefruit and a variety of nutritionals that affect statin drugs for the lowering of cholesterol.
Zocor (Simvastatin), for example, is a Statin drug, used to lower high cholesterol levels, and also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. Zocor may affect the absorption or utilization of vitamins E and coenzyme Q10. Tests showed the average concentration of coenzyme Q10 in blood plasma decreased by approximately 50% after statins were used for 30 days. Supplementation is considered beneficial.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may increase the effects of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and should not be consumed at the same time. It i...
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