Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sneaky old grapefruit juice

…Docs have thought for a while that grapefruit juice was creating more than a pucker.

…It seems to make some drugs stronger or affect how they work.

…The key seems to be an enzyme called CYP-3A4, which metabolizes toxins or makes them be excreted quicker.

…Grapefruit juice apparently interferes with its ability to do that.

…Lipitor, Mevacor, and Zocor can become stronger when mixed with grapefruit juice and cause muscle disorders.

…Mixing it with Prozac can also cause problems.

…Yet, you can’t just swig the juice to up your dose of the drug—it’s not that reliable.

…The elderly seem to be most affected by the breakfast drink. Of course, older people seem to like grapefruit juice, too.

…Wouldn’t you know.

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