Contact Us

Grapefruit Juice Can Be Dangerous, FDA Warns

grapefruit
Photo courtesy of ms.Tea/Flickr

People have argued back and forth over the benefits and hazards of drinking alcohol, but a new drink may be stepping into the limelight of debate. The FDA recently released a warning about the dangers of grapefruit juice. Yes, grapefruit juice. But don’t put your glass of pink liquid down too fast, the warning is only for those on certain medications.

The reason grapefruit can become harmful is that it shuts down a particular enzyme in our digestive system known as CYP3A4. Cyp3a4 works in our small intestine and helps us metabolize our food. When certain drugs aren’t metabolized, they go directly into our bloodstream at sometimes dangerous levels. This can happen even if you drink grapefruit juice hours before or after using medication.

 

 

You may be at risk while drinking grapefruit juice if you take any of the following medications.

  • some statin drugs to lower cholesterol, such as Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Pravachol (pravastatin)
  • some blood pressure-lowering drugs, such as Nifediac and Afeditab (both nifedipine)
  • some organ transplant rejection drugs, such as Sandimmune and Neoral (both cyclosporine)
  • some anti-anxiety drugs, such as BuSpar (buspirone)
  • some anti-arrhythmia drugs, such as Cordarone and Nexterone (both amiodarone)
  • some antihistamines, such as Allegra (fexofenadine)

Ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider if grapefruit juice interferes with your medication, and be aware that tangelos and Seville oranges have the same effect.

More From News Talk KGVO

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newstalkkgvo.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on News Talk KGVO Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on News Talk KGVO Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!