TITLE

More on Why Compounds in Grapefruit Interfere With Some Medications

PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
Environmental Nutrition;Jun2004, Vol. 27 Issue 6, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the adverse impact of grapefruit juice on certain medications. Adverse reactions with certain medications can occur for up to 24 hours after grapefruit or grapefruit juice is consumed. A little over a decade ago, scientists discovered that grapefruit juice contains a substance that blocks the liver's ability to break down certain drugs, resulting in higher than expected levels of the drug in the body and creating the potential for dangerous side effects. Though less common, it can also reduce blood levels of drugs and possibly reduce their effectiveness. The most recent discovery is that some statins, a popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, also interact with grapefruit.
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13516288

 

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