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Grapefruit Juice And Medication – A Deadly Cocktail?

The theory of possible drug interactions and consumption of grapefruit juice has been around for a long time, but a great number of people aren’t aware of it nor do they understand the process. Consumers and patients are constantly bombarded with research study results, information and discoveries that certain medications and food, not to mention their interactions, are harmful, that they tune out, forget or ignore it. Some of the problems created by certain interactions however, can be life threatening.

Grapefruit juice is one of the foods most likely to cause problems because it is metabolized by the same enzyme in the liver that breaks down many drugs. While the liver devotes its work to processing the grapefruit juice, the medication can build up to dangerous levels, causing a breakdown of the body’s muscles and even kidney failure. The consequences of an interaction depend on the drug involved; however, the most severe effects seem to occur with certain cholesterol-lowering medications taken in conjunction with the consumption of grapefruit juice.

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The list of drugs that are affected contains more than 50 medications, including some drugs used to treat, depression, high blood pressure, cancer, pain, impotence, allergies and of course high cholesterol. All of these medical conditions are considered common health problems among the general population and are especially present in seniors and the elderly. A person on an anti-depressant might have too much or too little energy, depending on the specific medication. Someone on antibiotics might end up with diarrhea or could be ill longer than usual because the drug doesn’t work as well as it should. A heart patient might not get the lowered blood pressure that a medication should deliver, or the heart’s rhythms might become irregular if an anti-arrhythmia drug cannot do its job. The juice can also affect the effectiveness of a woman’s hormone-replacement-therapy medication.

To control and prevent such problems, it is absolutely necessary that pharmacists, doctors and nurses emphasize to their patients the importance of reading the instruction label carefully when starting any new prescription and it can’t hurt to take a look at the ones already being taken.

source: ScienceDaily (Jan. 26, 2005)— January 18, 2005

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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