Trying to lose that extra baby weight? Did the holidays and winter months give you a muffin top you’d just as soon lose before warm weather hits? If so, you’ve probably changed your eating habits to include lots more fruits and veggies. They’re good for you and don’t make you pudge up. But, if you’re taking certain medications, you need to watch out for grapefruit.
Grapefruit is a goldmine because it is a great source of vitamin C and potassium, both of which your body needs to work efficiently. But it can interfere with the action of some prescription drugs, as well as a few non-prescription drugs, and this interaction can be dangerous. The grapefruit increases the absorption of the drug into your bloodstream and a higher concentration of a drug can lead to more adverse reactions.
An example, given by the FDA, of a type of drug that could be problematic is statins which are used to lower cholesterol. If you drink a lot of grapefruit juice while taking certain statin drugs, too much of the drug may stay in your body, increasing your risk for liver damage and muscle breakdown that can lead to kidney failure.
More information, including examples of some other types of drugs that grapefruit juice can interact with, is listed on the FDA web site at this link. If you have any questions, ask your pharmacist or other health care professional to find out if a specific drug you are taking is affected.