What fruit juice could have fatal consequences when taken with certain medications?

What fruit juice could have fatal consequences when taken with certain medications?

by / November 29, 2012

Answer: grapefruit juice

Grapefruit might be the new forbidden fruit. It turns out that when mixed with certain prescription and nonprescription drugs, the bittersweet pulpy potassium-loaded fruit can result in liver and kidney damage and even death. In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a warning on its website about the adverse effects of grapefruit juice when mixed with medications, but grapefruit juice recently became a trending topic in Google's health section. But how is it dangerous? "The juice increases the absorption of the drug into the bloodstream,” said Shiew Mei Huang, acting director of the FDA’s Office of Clinical Pharmacology. “When there is a higher concentration of a drug, you tend to have more adverse events.”
 
Although the sweet tart citrus has many health benefits, it seems like it might be leaving an even sourer taste in consumers' mouths.
 

 

Karen Stewartson

Karen Stewartson served as the managing editor of Government Technology for many years. She also contributed to Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.