Grapefruit, if you are taking these drugs do not eat it (the list of medicines it interacts with)

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A citrus fruit rich in benefits and with many properties, grapefruit - but be careful not to eat it if you are taking these drugs

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A citrus fruit not too popular with most because of its particularly sour taste, grapefruit is actually one real mine of benefits for our body: contains high levels of vitamin C (70/80 mg per fruit) and group B; it is rich in fiber, mineral salts (especially potassium) and flavonoids; finally, thanks to its large water content, it promotes diuresis and helps purify the liver.

But be careful: eating this fruit or drinking its juice can interfere with the intake of some medicines, with the risk of causing unwanted side effects. So, if we take medications every day, first ask our family doctor or pharmacist if we can also eat a good grapefruit without consequences. Let's see in detail which medicines to pay particular attention to:

  • Medicines to lower cholesterol. Grapefruit and its juice interfere with the action of some statins, which are prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels. In particular, if drunk in large quantities, grapefruit juice would amplify the effects of simvastatin and atorvastatin; for other types of statins there is no risk.
  • Medicines for hypertension. In particular, pay attention to the so-called calcium channel blockers (such as amlodipine, felodipine and lacidipine), used to unblock arteries in cases of high blood pressure or coronary heart disease: grapefruit juice increases the effectiveness of these drugs, representing a risk for health.
  • Anticoagulant drugs. Used to prevent blood clots from forming and thus reduce the risk of serious heart problems (such as heart attack and stroke), these drugs are influenced by grapefruit juice, which increases its effect - resulting in the our blood too thin.
  • Immunosuppressive drugs. These are medicines that moderate the body's immune response, usually used to block the rejection of allogeneic transplantation. If you are taking these medications, do not drink grapefruit juice without first consulting your referring physician.
  • Anticancer drugs. Some medications given to treat cancers can also interact abnormally with grapefruit juice - so consult your doctor before buying citrus.
  • Birth control pill. The pill to prevent pregnancy is also counted among the drugs that suffer the interference of grapefruit juice. In this case, a glass of citrus juice consumed even every day does not pose a threat to the effectiveness of the drug - the main thing is not to exceed this dose.

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Fonte: National Health Service

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