5 Dangerous Food-Drug Interactions

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
5. Grapefruit and Grapefruit Juice + Statins
Patients should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking some medications, in particular statins.
Compounds in grapefruit called furanocoumarin chemicals cause an increase in medication potency by interacting with enzymes in the small intestine and liver. This interaction partially inactivates a number of medications under normal circumstances.