Health & science stories like this one is one of the few reasons I check out the NY Times. Most patients are unaware of adverse food and drug interactions, unless it’s printed on the label of the drug container.
This one of those rare everybody on my lists gets pinged, including some medical docs who have identified themselves as such that are not on any list. Comment# 1 has a link to the list of these drugs. From its URL it looks like it was in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Neverdem: JA, first on your ping list, is dearly departed. I still think of her frequently.
Thanks for the info. Now, how do I stop these darn kidney stones? Yeah, I drink lots of lemonade.
Already gnu about the adjuvant properties of grapefruit, but thanks, more quantitative information is always desirable. I’d heard about it effectively doubling the dose, but never a multiple of five.
What happened to JA?
Regarding the grapefruit juice, I’d drink it instead. Skip the pharmaceuticals, they are all poison to me.
Merry Christmas all!
My son emailed a similar story to me last week because he knows I usually slog my small handful of daily vitamins down with grapefruit juice. It never seemed to bother me, but now I wonder if there is any positive or adverse effect on my vitamins (Ester-C cap, B-Complex cap, D gelcap, CoEnzyme Q10 gelcap)?
“Health & science stories like this one is one of the few reasons I check out the NY Times. “
I appreciate your desire to stay up to date on health topics, but I still say “screw the NY Times.”
Go to Drugs.com and either use their drug interaction checker or register with a no-name hotmail account for their mednotes - the latter (if not both) has been showing when grapefruits and grapefruit juice were contraindicated for prescriptions and for OTC medications for years.
Thanks, neverdem, for the ping.
The drug, verapamil, featured in the lead, is one I take daily. I’m frightened to hear that it can cause heart block when interacting with grapefruit, but it does indeed prevent vicious migraine attacks.
I’m off grapefruit!