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Venclexta (venetoclax) and Alcohol / Food Interactions

There is 1 alcohol/food/lifestyle interaction with Venclexta (venetoclax):


venetoclax ↔ food

Major Food Interaction

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

ADJUST DOSING INTERVAL: Food enhances the oral bioavailability of venetoclax. Relative to fasting conditions, venetoclax systemic exposure (AUC) increased by approximately 3.4-fold when administered with a low-fat meal and by 5.1- to 5.3-fold when administered with a high-fat meal.

GENERALLY AVOID: Grapefruit juice may increase the plasma concentrations of venetoclax. The proposed mechanism is inhibition of CYP450 3A4-mediated first-pass metabolism in the gut wall by certain compounds present in grapefruit. In general, the effect of grapefruit juice is concentration-, dose- and preparation-dependent, and can vary widely among brands. Certain preparations of grapefruit juice (e.g., high dose, double strength) have sometimes demonstrated potent inhibition of CYP450 3A4, while other preparations (e.g., low dose, single strength) have typically demonstrated moderate inhibition. Increased venetoclax exposure may potentiate the risk of tumor lysis syndrome, particularly at initiation of therapy and during the dosage ramp-up phase, as well as other adverse effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, neutropenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia.

MANAGEMENT: Venetoclax should be administered with a meal and water at approximately the same time each day. Patients should avoid consumption of grapefruit products, Seville oranges, and starfruit during treatment with venetoclax.


  1. "Product Information. Venclexta (venetoclax)." AbbVie US LLC, North Chicago, IL.

Venclexta (venetoclax) drug Interactions

There are 313 drug interactions with Venclexta (venetoclax)

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.

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.

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