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More Meds Added to Grapefruit Warning

Although patients taking statin drugs have long been warned of mixing grapefruit with their meds, more patients are now cautioned to curb their grapefruit consumption. The latest warnings pinpoint a surprising number of medications, approximately 85, as having potentially dangerous interactions with the chemical furanocoumarin present in grapefruit – a substance which can block needed enzymes in the body that break down the composition of medicines – resulting in potentially toxic levels in the body. What other drugs are causing concern?

Several classes of medications including some types of antibiotics and those given for cancer treatment and hormonal concerns have been added to the list. Researchers found that even many hours after administering a drug such as simvastatin – a generic form of Zocor used to lower cholesterol – just a 7 ounce glass of grapefruit could potentially raise the drug’s concentration to 330%. Toxicity, in addition to causing liver overload, can result in severe muscle damage too, a life-threatening condition known as rhabdomyolysis.

What to do? Avoiding grapefruit and its juice is the prudent approach, but if you can’t live without your citrus fix, ask your doctor to switch you to a more grapefruit-friendly medication if possible. And when prescribed something new, for any condition, always question your doctor or pharmacist about the potential interactions with food, especially if you are an avid grapefruit eater. Seville oranges, limes and pomelos also contain furanocoumarin and should be looked at for potential drug interactions.

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