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Grapefruit Is a Culprit in More Drug Reactions
NY Times ^ | DECEMBER 17, 2012 | RONI CARYN RABIN

Posted on 12/18/2012 8:13:07 PM PST by neverdem

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To: 1_Rain_Drop
A while back, someone who was a medical transcriber told me, that, grapefruit juice was a trick older folks used with their meds to save money. They’d take half the dose prescribed with a glass of grapefruit juice. The medical establishment would frown on that because they would lose money... and it would mess up their statistics.

I don’t know how much of that is true.


...more on using GF juice with Cialis>>>
The standard dose for erectile dysfunction is 20mg., the normal pill dose. However, Cialis is also prescribed for Pulmonary and arterial hypertension, but the recommended dose is 40mg. EVERY DAY!
This leads one to believe that there is little risk in trying, say a 5mg dose with grapefruit juice.
My friend simply bites the 20 mg. pills into a quarter or third and drinks a whole glass of grapefruit juice.
(on an empty stomach, of course.)
51 posted on 12/19/2012 9:57:38 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: csmusaret

Thanks. I have used Flomax. It won’t pass a 14mm.


52 posted on 12/19/2012 12:44:05 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: acapesket
Skip the pharmaceuticals, they are all poison to me.

Generally, damn good advice although there are certain exceptions. Antibiotics are wonderful when you are treating a bacterial based infection. The side effects are generally limited to giving you the sh*ts.

There are other prescription drugs which are helpful under certain specific and usually limited short term circumstances.

But generally, a person will do better studying herbal remedies and nutrition and making sure their body has a proper balance.

For instance, I have a very high pain threshold because I have lousy insensitive nerves. Extra vitamin B-12 works wonders for me. I take about 14 times the minimum daily requirement. OTOH, if I was ever captured by aliens or Democrats and tortured, I'd just skip the B-12 doses.

53 posted on 12/19/2012 1:52:19 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: freedommom
Now you tell me! ;)
54 posted on 12/19/2012 2:56:26 PM PST by Does so (Dims don't think ... they PLOT!)
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To: neverdem

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, neverdem!

Thanks for the pings all year!


55 posted on 12/19/2012 4:24:40 PM PST by fanfan ("If Muslim kids were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.")
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To: MestaMachine; Cicero; neverdem; Alamo-Girl; ConorMacNessa; jiggyboy; Alaska Wolf; Revolting cat!; ..
Thank you for this. I had known that grapefruit juice and other citrus interferes with some drugs, but didn’t know about the statins.

You might enjoy this old vanity:

(Vanity) A Merck-y Decision, or, Is Pfizer Wiser?

...and neverdem, you already corrected my factual error in the article the *first* time. (chagrined, ashamed muttering)

Cheers!

56 posted on 12/19/2012 8:21:41 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: steve86; neverdem
Aw, crud.

RIP, JA.

57 posted on 12/19/2012 8:23:37 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: steve86
By now she could post some really definitive comments in the religion threads!

She might even have acquired ZOT! privileges...

58 posted on 12/19/2012 8:25:13 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Bon mots
Good to hear your friend is standing up for himself...

Cheers!

59 posted on 12/19/2012 8:28:34 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

Thanks for the link!


60 posted on 12/19/2012 8:41:49 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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From MedicineNet.com: Large quantities of grape fruit juice (>1 quart daily) also will increase blood levels of simvastatin and should be avoided.

This is what my literature says.

I take a daily dose of 20mg of simvastatin for cholesterol control. I take it because I also have a mild case of diabetes.

When I was first diagnosed with the diabetes, my cholesterol reading as 204, and he (my doctor) said if I didn't have the diabetes he wouldn't be worried about my cholesterol at all.

So I took it, and saw my cholesterol levels drop to 145. That was a couple of years ago. Now it pretty much stays in the 160s.

I've been drinking grapefruit juice every day for 40 years. I love the stuff. But when I went on the simvastatin, I stopped taking it...for a while.

Now, in the mornings, I'll have a bit that covers a little more than the bottom of a glass just so I can enjoy it while washing down a One-A-Day vitamin pill (50+ for men, of course!)

I tell the doc when I have cold coming on, and we both agree to suspend the simvastatin for a couple of days while drinking the grapefruit juice to combat the cold.

Hey, it works for me!

But my case is probably atypical, and I agree with those posters who say if you're taking potentially life-saving drugs, do the smart thing, and follow the instructions - to the letter.

Grapefruit juice is tasty, sure, but it ain't worth croaking over!

CA....

61 posted on 12/20/2012 8:39:11 AM PST by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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I had a pleasant prescription once. The label said “alcohol may intensify effect” and, it also said “Avoid grapefruit juice”. Hmmm.... Greyhound!


62 posted on 12/20/2012 6:32:52 PM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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