No grapefruit with dozens of drugs

  • Article by: JENNIFER LARUE HUGET , Special to the Washington Post
  • Updated: December 5, 2012 - 10:33 PM

Canadian researchers report that the number of drugs on the market that react adversely with grapefruit has increased in recent years from 17 to 43.

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stueeDec. 6, 12 1:24 PM

The article states that 8 ounces is the level at which there may be an interaction. Well, people don't drink 8 ounces of grapefruit juice. A typical juice glass is 4-6 ounces. Also, the article stated that a whole grapefruit is the limit, well, people only enjoy 1/2 a grapefruit and usually only once or twice a week, not twice a day, which would give them the entire grapefruit. Also, the seville orange, or bitter orange is not the juice but the rind and then only a few shards spread on toast or an English muffin, not nearly 8 ounces of juice. This all seems to be an example of "we don't worry enough and we, the media, will give you something new to worry about".

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stupid03Dec. 6, 12 5:45 PM

wrong. there are people who love grapefruit juice, and will drink a large glass, daily. i routinely drank 12-16oz, or ate a whole grapefruit, since keeping a half fresh is not convenient. grapefruit isn't just for breakfast....

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nessmessDec. 9, 12 6:13 AM

how is this new news??? It has been known for "YEARS" (grapefruit can't be eaten in large quantities with certain med's, just like broccoli, garlic, alcohol, chocolate, mint, etc, etc...). Is this a lame attempt to further regulate what we eat?? (by also claiming that food is a drug)? Grapefruit has many incredible health properties.

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stevee952Dec. 12, 1210:50 AM

I've been taking 10mg of Lipitor for close to 10 years. It works as advertised for me. I also love grapefruit, and enjoy more of it this time of year when the good stuff arrives from TX. Sometimes I have the whole grapefruit, other times half of one and I share the other half with my young son. I have had ZERO problems from consuming grapefruit and taking my daily statin later that night. Perhaps allowing several hours to pass before taking the statin helps. But there have been times when I've had grapefruit at night. Whatever ... it has no negative affect on me.

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barbjensDec. 16, 12 6:55 AM

I knew a woman who was having trouble with her blood pressure medicine working properly. It was discover that the grapefruit she was eating interfered with how it worked with the medicine. As to amounts, I would section several red grapefuit at a time and have A bowl of it in the refig just ready to eat. My grandchildren loved eating it that way also.

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