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My mother-in-law has been visiting with us for the past few weeks. She remarked one day while peeling a mango how she felt as if she had a kindred spirit with citrus fruit, but was quick to also mention how disappointed she was to learn that she is no longer able to eat grapefruit. When asked why, she simply replied, “I’m on cholesterol medication .”
That wonderful, thick skinned, tangy yet sweet fruit that is also known as the forbidden fruit of Barbados and grows in clusters like grapes is well known for its interactions with multiple medications. Grapefruit contains certain chemical compounds called polyphenolics that inhibit the metabolism or break down of some medications, statins being one of the most notorious. Statins are highly effective and one of the most commonly prescribed cholesterol lowering medicines. This class of medication inhibits a liver enzyme and can lower LDL by ~50% and raise HDL . Drugs in the statin class in...
Generic Name: EFAVIRENZ - ORAL Pronounced: (eh-FAV-er-enz) Sustiva Oral Interactions
The effects of some drugs can change if you take other
drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for
serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These
drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or
pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use
your medications or by close monitoring.
To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care,
be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use
(including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products)
before starting treatment with this product. While using this product, do not
start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without
your doctor's approval.
Do not take this medication with other products that
An adverse drug reaction (ADR) occurs when a drug, supplement or food interferes with or interacts negatively with another drug. While ADRs may be mild, too often they result in serious injury or death. The U.S. statistics are alarming. More than 2 million serious ADRs occur each year. ADRs cause 100,000 deaths annually ADRs are the 4 th leading cause of death ADRs cause one out of five injuries or deaths each year to hospitalized patients The reasons there are so many adverse drug reactions include: Two-thirds of doctor visits result in a prescription being given. 2.8 billion out-patient prescriptions are filled each year. That’s 10 prescriptions for every person in the U.S. ADRs increase exponentially with four or more medications . Drug-Drug Interactions In this situation, a drug is defined as any prescription medication, over-the-counter (OTC) medication, vitamin or herbal supplement. There a...
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