I was told by someone who is on Lipitor that they cannot eat grapefruit while taking it. Lipitor is a statin (I believe) Is Gemfibrozil?
6 May 2010
Correct; a peculiar cross reaction with a specific food exists with Lipitor and other "statin" drugs used to lower cholesterol. Grapefruit juice blocks special enzymes in the wall of the small intestine that actually destroy many medications, including Lipitor, and prevents their absorption into the body. Thus, in the normal state, smaller amounts of the drugs get into the body than are ingested. When the action of these enzymes is blocked (as by grapefruit juice), more of the drugs get into the body, and the blood levels of these medications increase. This can lead to toxic side effects from Lipitor, such as liver or muscle damage.
Lipitor is a statin - called atrovastain & I take 10mg a day, hope this helps? LOPID (Gemfibrozil tablets, USP) is a lipid regulating agent.
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
I eat a 1/2 grapefruit every morning. Is this OK with Losartan?
4 answers • 2 Mar 2011
It was on the news, that you can't eat grapefruit, while taking zocor. If you eat grapefruit alo,t like my mom, it can kill you.
1 answer • 12 Apr 2011
I love grapefruit... I also take Lipitor and have for year. I have given up grapefruit and wonder if there is any new info that will allow me to have ...
1 answer • 6 Mar 2012
with most BP meds, it interacts with grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Is this a problem with Bystolic?
0 answers • 18 May 2013