Grapefruit Juice and Prescription Drugs
NSW Health has issued an alert against taking certain drugs with grapefruit or grapefruit juice.
Some medications can be dangerous if taken with grapefruit or grapefruit juice drink.
Last updated: 01 August 2002
What is the problem?
Grapefruit and its juice increase the availability of certain drugs within the body that can lead to increased side effects.
What are the possible side effects?
Different people react differently, but some of the possible side effects include heart rhythm disturbances, kidney function impairment, blood pressure changes and anaemia.
Drugs that interact with grapefruit juice
Some of the drugs that interact with grapefruit or grapefruit juice are:
People are advised not to eat grapefruit or grapefruit juice if they are taking these medications.
What about other citrus fruits?
Sweet oranges and their juice do not cause the same reaction. However, bitter orange juice - such as that from Seville oranges - may have a similar effect to grapefruit juice.
Tangelos, which are a hybrid of grapefruit, may also interfere with medication.
What should you do?
People should carefully read the Consumer Medicine Information sheet that accompanies most prescription-only products obtainable from the pharmacist. Anyone with concerns should consult their pharmacist or doctor.
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