Grapefruit Drug Interactions on the Rise

If you like to eat grapefruit or drink its juice, check with your physician or pharmacist to make sure it doesn’t affect any prescription drugs you may be taking.

A recent study found that the number of medications that have the potential to interact with grapefruit and cause serious adverse effects has jumped from 17 to 43 in the last four years, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“This increase is a result of the introduction of new chemical entities and formulations,” the authors wrote.

More than 85 drugs can interact with grapefruit, the authors state, and 43 can have serious side effects such as: death, acute kidney failure, respiratory failure, gastrointestinal bleeding and renal toxicity.

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