Grapefruit Juice and Drug Interaction


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Does Grapefruit Juice Really Interact With My Medication?

      A somewhat odd and alarming warning is listed on the prescription bottle of numerous medications: “Do not take this medication with grapefruit juice”. This warning is in fact listed for the most prescribed medication class in the world, the statin medications for high cholesterol. How could grapefruit juice possibly interact with a medication? Is the interaction actually dangerous? Can I still eat just one grapefruit? These are common questions pharmacists and other health professionals get, yet the exact answers to these questions are usually muddled with a sort of dubiousness by those responding. Information regarding the interaction was sparse at best when it was first discovered and information in scientific literature always seems to change. One year it was okay to eat just one grapefruit or have one glass of juice and the next year that turned intoa…

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