I get asked often about drug interactions, as a lot of patients are on more than 2 medications. One of the most interesting interactions is grapefruit juice! This is not only an often-asked interaction on our medical boards, but also a very important interaction for my patients to be aware of! Let's get to some details...
So, does the grapefruit juice interact with all medications? Nope. But there are quite a few...here are some of importance, that are somewhat common:
-Statins (for cholesterol)...in particular Lipitor and Zocor. Some other statins are NOT affected
-Losartan, Nicardipine, Nifedipine, Verapamil (these are blood pressure/heart medications)
-Synthroid (for thyroid)
-Ambien (for sleep)
There are a whole bunch more...these effects could potentially be life-threatening...so PLEASE do not take any drug interactions lightly!
....and...just to use this post as a platform, please review ANY and ALL herbal supplements that you are taking with your physician. Some are known to have some very strange side effects and a lot may interact with your other medications!
Till next time!