More New Drugs a Bad Fit With Grapefruit

Grapefruit and DrugsCurated News:

By Timberlake Dental curated from Everyday Health

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“Because of new chemical formulations, prescription drugs that interact badly with grapefruit have more than doubled in number since 2008…”

See full article on Everyday Health

Commentary:

Eat even a small amount of grapefruit and it may, even hours later, cause certain drugs to be absorbed more readily than normal into your body, essentially increasing the dosage of the drug.   This can potentially lead to respiratory failure, acute kidney failure, and even death.  Four years ago 17 drugs were identified as prone to this dangerous interaction.  Now that number is 43.

This article is well worth your attention if you take prescription medication and also like to eat grapefruit.

Rodney Chowning, DDS, General Dentist Denton, TX

 

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