Grapefruit Juice and Medication Interaction

06/23/2015 | 0 min. read

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Grapefruit Juice and Medication Interaction

Grapefruit and its juice can create medication interactions with many types of drugs, from antibiotics to antipsychotics. These drugs should never be combined with grapefruit. Also, as a general rule, always remember to ask about any possible medication interactions with other drugs or foods whenever your doctor prescribes you a new medication.

Avoid Medication Interactions With Grapefruit

Aldosterone inhibitors:
eplerenone (Inspra)

Anti-arrhythmics:
amiodarone (Cordarone)
quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex, Quinora)

Antihypertensives:
carvedilol (Coreg)
losartan (Cozaar)

Blood thinners:
warfarin (Coumadin)

Calcium channel blockers:
felodipine (Plendil)
nicardipine (Cardene)
nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia)
nimodipine (Nimotop)
isradipine (DynaCirc)
verapamil (Isoptin, Verelan, Calan, Bosoptin, Covera-HS)

Statin medications:
atorvastatin (Lipitor)
lovastatin (Mevacor)
simvastatin (Zocor, Vytorin)

Anticonvulsants:
carbamazepine (Tegretol

Antidepressants:
sertraline (Zoloft)
trazodone (Desyrel)
nefazodone (Serzone)
clomipramine (Anafranil)

Antihistamines:
fexofenadine (Allegra)

Anti-anxiety drugs:
diazepam (Valium)
midazolam (Versed)
triazolam (Halcion)
buspirone (BuSpar)

Corticosteroids:
methylprednisolone, oral (Medrol)
budesonide (Pulmicort, Rhinocort)

Immunosuppressants:
cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
tacrolimus (Prograf)

Protease inhibitors:
ritonavir (Norvir)
nelfinavir (Viracept)
saquinavir (Invirase, Fortovase)

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Meet Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist and nutritionist with more than 30 years of clinical practice, research, and study. His integrative approach to heart health focuses on reducing inflammation in the body and maximizing the heart's ability to produce and use energy.

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