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To: neverdem
From MedicineNet.com: Large quantities of grape fruit juice (>1 quart daily) also will increase blood levels of simvastatin and should be avoided.
9 posted on 12/18/2012 8:51:05 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: Brandonmark
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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