November 26, 2012
Grapefruit and your medication
The number of prescription drugs that
can react badly to grapefruit is increasing, yet researchers
believe many physicians are unaware of these effects.
Between 2008 and 2012, the number of
medications which could cause side effects when combined with
grapefruit increased from 17 to 43, representing an average rate of
increase of more than six drugs per year.
Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Doireann Maddock,
said: “We have known about the relationship between grapefruit and
certain medications for many years.
“However, this review shows an increase in the
number of medications with the potential to react negatively to
grapefruit. So it’s really important that patients are
fully informed of the risks at the time of
medication such as atorvastatin and simvastatin are amongst the
drugs affected by grapefruit. If you are concerned about your
medication and want to know more about foods to avoid, ask
your pharmacist or GP for advice.”
This research was published in the Canadian
Medical Association Journal.