New Studies Show Grapefruits Interact with Prescription Medications

New Studies Show Grapefruits Interact with Prescription Medications
January 15, 2013

It may sound weird that a harmless fruit could be dangerous, but it is the truth. Grapefruit has been found to interact in dangerous ways with certain prescription medications.

Numerous studies have indicated this, and the results are conclusive. When grapefruit is mixed with specific medications, the results could include a number of dangerous side effects.

The Interaction Side Effects

The side effects of combining grapefruit with certain medication include the following:

  • Kidney Failure
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Death

The results are noted as very serious by the Lawson Health Institute, which is located in London.

Which Drugs are of Concern?

There are more than 83 different drugs that are of concern and can interact with grapefruit as well as other citrus fruits as Seville oranges. About 40 of the drugs can have the more serious side effects mentioned.

The chemical in the grapefruit is called fluranocoumarins. Normally, this will actually lessen the ability of the medication to work. However, in the case of certain medication, the power of the drugs is actually increased incrementally.

It is important that medical physicians and pharmacists remain aware of what medications can interact with grapefruit. Additionally, all consumers should be aware of the concern so that they can watch for the medication that they are prescribed. It is important to always avoid combining grapefruit or Seville oranges with these medications.

More information on the medications that are affected by grapefruit can be found here. By being aware of the concern, you can make sure you are not combining anything that could be dangerous. The medications of concern are all prescription based. That means the pharmacies should place a label indicating the interaction on your medication bottles. Make sure you read all the warnings and ask your pharmacists about any concerns that you may have.