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Consuming grapefruit juice alters statin effectiveness

15 July 2014: In the latest Daily Mail “drug wreckers” feature, which looks at foods that stop medicines working properly, the newspaper examined how grapefruit juice can alter the effectiveness of some lifesaving drugs. Neal Patel, a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesman, told the paper that for those taking statins, for example, the juice can increase levels of the drug in the bloodstream, which can raise the risk of side effects and toxicity. “It’s the juice that seems to cause problems because you’re effectively having more grapefruit than if you eat the fruit whole — though if you eat enough whole grapefruit, you could have the same issue,” said Patel.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20066128

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