What You Need to Know about Grapefruit Juice and Medicine

November 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

You have probably heard that drinking grapefruit juice can interfere with certain medicines, but do you know why and which medicines you should never combine with grapefruit juice? 

Drinking grapefruit juice with certain medicines can cause the drugs to become more concentrated in your blood. Grapefruit juice contains chemicals that block key enzymes in your small intestine. These enzymes are important because they normally break down medicine in our body. Without these enzymes working properly, too much medicine can build up in your body.

While life-threatening problems are rare, you should still avoid drinking grapefruit juice if you’re taking sleeping pills, cholesterol-lowering drugs or medicines to reduce anxiety. Problems have also been reported with some drugs used to lower blood pressure.

If you’re taking medicine, ask your physician or pharmacist whether it’s safe to drink grapefruit juice, too.

Source: ConsumerMedSafety.org

Entry filed under: Pharmacy, Safety.

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