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Orkambi and Alcohol/Food Interactions

There are 2 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with Orkambi (ivacaftor / lumacaftor).


ivacaftor food

Moderate Food Interaction

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

GENERALLY AVOID: Grapefruit juice may increase the plasma concentrations of ivacaftor. The proposed mechanism is inhibition of CYP450 3A4-mediated first-pass metabolism in the gut wall by certain compounds present in grapefruit. Elexacaftor and tezacaftor are also CYP450 3A4 substrates in vitro and may interact similarly with grapefruit juice, whereas lumacaftor is not expected to interact.

ADJUST DOSING INTERVAL: According to prescribing information, systemic exposure to ivacaftor increased approximately 2.5- to 4-fold, systemic exposure to elexacaftor increased approximately 1.9- to 2.5-fold, and systemic exposure to lumacaftor increased approximately 2-fold following administration with fat-containing foods relative to administration in a fasting state. Tezacaftor exposure is not significantly affected by administration of fat-containing foods.

MANAGEMENT: Patients treated with ivacaftor-containing medications should avoid consumption of grapefruit juice and any food that contains grapefruit or Seville oranges. All ivacaftor-containing medications should be administered with fat-containing foods such as eggs, avocados, nuts, meat, butter, peanut butter, cheese pizza, and whole-milk dairy products. A typical cystic fibrosis diet will satisfy this requirement.


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  2. "Product Information. Orkambi (ivacaftor-lumacaftor)." Vertex Pharmaceuticals (2015):
  3. "Product Information. Symdeko (ivacaftor-tezacaftor)." Vertex Pharmaceuticals (2022):
  4. "Product Information. Trikafta (elexacaftor/ivacaftor/tezacaftor)." Vertex Pharmaceuticals (2019):
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

lumacaftor and ivacaftor - hypertension

The use of products containing lumacaftor and ivacaftor is associated with an increase in blood pressure. Close monitoring of blood pressure is recommended periodically in all patients, in particular in hypertensive patients.


  1. "Product Information. Orkambi (ivacaftor-lumacaftor)." Vertex Pharmaceuticals (2015):

Orkambi drug interactions

There are 510 drug interactions with Orkambi (ivacaftor / lumacaftor).

Orkambi disease interactions

There are 6 disease interactions with Orkambi (ivacaftor / lumacaftor) which include:

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Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No interaction information available.

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