What is grapefruit juice and medicines?

Grapefruit Juice and Medicines

Which medicines are affected by grapefruit juice?

Most medicines are not affected by grapefruit juice. But more than 50 medicines are affected by grapefruit juice. This includes certain medicines for conditions such as allergies, anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and pain. But not all medicines for these problems or other health problems are affected by grapefruit juice.

How can you prevent problems with grapefruit juice and your medicine?

You can take steps to avoid problems with grapefruit juice and your medicine.

  • Before you take any medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you can safely drink grapefruit juice.
  • Read the labels on foods and natural health products. Make sure they do not contain grapefruit or grapefruit juice or extract. Seville oranges (which are sometimes used in marmalade but not in orange juice), pomelos, and tangelos may also cause problems.
  • Always read the warning labels for any medicine you take. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Tell your doctor if your medicine is making you feel sick. Also tell your doctor if it causes side effects that are unusual or that bother you.
  • Tell your doctor and other health professionals about all the medicines you take. This includes herbs, vitamins, and homeopathic products. It also includes supplements and over-the-counter medicines.

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