Friday, June 2, 2017

Grapefruit Medications

In as much as eating a fresh grapefruit is nutritious there are upwards of 50 medications that should not be taken with grapefruit or grapefruit juice.

There are even some medications that interact with other fruit and fruit juices such as the Seville Orange, Tangelos, Bitter Oranges as well as Pomelos.

Grapefruit Dangers

The chemical makeup of grapefruit and grapefruit juice can reduce and even increase how the drug is absorbed in your digestive tract. With this being said, certain drugs will either be of no medical benefit to you or your body will receive a higher dose of certain medications.

Either way grapefruit can be dangerous to your health.

Warning Tags on your Prescription

The pharmacist will place a bright yellow or orange sticker on your prescription bottle to make you aware of dangers mixing grapefruit juice with your medication. Make sure you follow this important medical warning.

It is basically impossible to read the tiny print on the warning pages that come with any prescription this is why the stickers are placed on the medicine bottles.

If you are not sure about grapefruit, grapefruit juice or other fruit juices please do not hesitate to contact your pharmacist. Humans do make mistakes so if you are starting a new prescription there is nothing wrong with double checking.

Statin Drugs

Lipitor and Zocor, which are medications for lowering cholesterol, are especially dangerous to take while ingesting a grapefruit or grapefruit juice. The contraindications include:

  • Liver Damage
  • Digestive Tract Damage
  • Muscle Pain and Weakness
  • Increase in Blood Sugar **Bad for Diabetics**
  • Neurological Issues such as Confusion and Memory Loss
If you are taking these Statin Cholesterol reducing medications it is best to refrain from grapefruit at all costs.

I can not stress enough to make sure your medication is fine to take with grapefruit or grapefruit juices as well as the other fruits that are listed at the beginning of this article.  It is better to be safe than sorry.

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