posted 08-24-99 11:03 AM
Add grapefruit and grapefruit juice to that list:
Hopkins: Grapefruit Juice And Medications
July 28, 1999
BALTIMORE (Johns Hopkins) - Great taste and plenty of vitamin C adds up to make grapefruit juice a healthful and popular drink. But it can turn into a dangerous cocktail for people taking medications.
Scientists know that some ingredient in grapefruit juice inhibits the liver's ability to effectively metabolize many drugs. Unprocessed, they can build up in the body until they reach toxic levels. The list of drugs that grapefruit juice doesn't interact well with is a long one.
Johns Hopkins professor of medicine Dr. Paul Lietman says if you're taking a regular medicine, just a little juice may be enough to cause trouble.
"A single glass of eight ounces of grapefruit juice will cause an effect that lasts for several hours. If someone is simultaneously taking one of these drugs, one could have severe toxicity during that period of time," says Dr. Lietman.
So if you're very partial to grapefruit juice, and are taking regular medications, don't gamble. Dr. Lietman says ask your physician or pharmacist whether the two will safely mix.
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