National Grapefruit Month – How well do you know this all-star fruit?

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger
Learn more about grapefruit and possible drug interactions.

Learn more about grapefruit and possible drug interactions.

National Grapefruit Month – How well do you know this all-star fruit?

February is National Grapefruit Month, so it’s time to celebrate a little fruit with a lot of health benefits! But how well do you know your grapefruit facts? Did you know, for example, that eating or drinking it can interfere with certain medications, such as some prescribed for high cholesterol, blood pressure, anxiety, and allergies? Today, Jayhawk Pharmacy presents some helpful info on this fabulous fruit.

Grapefruit is part of a healthy diet! Whether eaten as a whole fruit or enjoyed as a juice, grapefruit has high levels of Vitamin C and Potassium, two nutrients that your body needs to function well.

However, grapefruit can interact with some medications. The fruit, and its juice, typically increase the absorption of a drug into the bloodstream, leading to higher concentrations of the drug and a greater chance of unwanted side effects. Less frequently, grapefruit can also decrease the absorption of a drug and limit how much of the medication actually reaches your body. Both situations are undesirable and can even be dangerous.

Be sure to check drug warning labels for possible interactions, and if in doubt, talk to a pharmacist or doctor. You might be asked to limit your grapefruit consumption, to only enjoy it a certain number of hours away from your medication, or to avoid it altogether.

Most other citrus fruits are ok! Not all citrus fruits cause interactions like the grapefruit, and they are fine to eat. There are some exceptions, however; fruits like the Seville orange, the pomelo, and limes have been shown to influence drug absorption and should also be avoided by patients limiting their grapefruit consumption.

At Jayhawk Pharmacy, we want you to be safe! Please check with your doctor or one of our pharmacists to see if grapefruit might be a concern for you. And, as always, give our experts a call at 785-228-1375 if we can help.

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