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A Reminder That Meds and Grapefruit Don't Always Mix

Posted 23 Jul 2017 by

SUNDAY, July 23, 2017 – If you like grapefruit juice, you need to be aware that it can affect the way some medications work, especially those used to treat high blood pressure or an irregular heart rhythm. That's the message from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA requires some prescription and over-the-counter drugs taken by mouth to include warnings against drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while taking the drug. In most types of medications that interact with grapefruit juice, "the juice lets more of the drug enter the blood. When there is too much drug in the blood, you may have more side effects," the FDA's Shiew Mei Huang said in an agency news release. Examples of types of drugs that can be affected by grapefruit include: Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Zocor (simvastatin) and Lipitor (atorvastatin). High blood pressure drugs, such as ... Read more

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Health Tip: Lower Your Risk of Drug Interactions

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by

-- Taking drugs that negatively interact with each other can have dangerous consequences. But there are things you can do to lower your risk. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers this advice: Always take medications exactly the way your doctor prescribed them. Make a list of all of your medications and keep it with you to share with your doctor. Include the dosage for each and when you take each medication. Learn how medications may interact with each other and with the foods you eat. Grapefruit juice, for example, is known to interact with many drugs. Go through all of your medications with your doctor to detect any potential problems or interactions. Read more

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Can Orange Juice, Grapefruit Raise Your Melanoma Risk?

Posted 29 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – People who enjoy a glass of orange juice or some fresh grapefruit in the morning may face a slightly increased risk of melanoma – the least common but most deadly form of skin cancer. That's the finding from a study of more than 100,000 U.S. adults followed for about 25 years. Researchers discovered that those who regularly consumed orange juice or whole grapefruit had a higher risk of developing melanoma, compared to people who avoided those foods. Experts were quick to stress that the findings, reported online June 29 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, do not prove that citrus foods help cause skin cancer. It is plausible, however, that certain compounds in citrus explain the association, said senior researcher Dr. Abrar Qureshi, chair of dermatology at Brown University and a dermatologist at Rhode Island Hospital, in Providence. Citrus foods contain ... Read more

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