[MOL] Re: First To Know Bulletin For August 17, 1998 [01223] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] Re: First To Know Bulletin For August 17, 1998

Dear Family,
This is a news service that I belong to and thought that this weeks issue 
would be of interest...especially the two lead reports on drug/juice 
interaction and the one on pain management. 
God Bless.

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Grapefruit Juice Dangers
Television News Service/Medical Breakthroughs
©Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc. 1998

Drinking a glass of grapefruit juice seems like a healthy way to start the day. However, the bittersweet juice may pack more of a punch than you thought.

Patricia Patterson enjoys juice with her morning medications. That's why she is surprised to learn grapefruit juice can boost the strength of certain drugs. "I didn't know grapefruit juice could interact with certain medications," she says.

James Talano, M.D., a cardiologist at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, La., says it's a chemical in the juice. "There are many drugs that are broken down by the liver. The use of grapefruit blocks the breakdown of the drug by the liver."

An abnormal heart rhythm, muscle damage, even death can result from dangerous levels of drugs that enter the bloodstream.

Dr. Talano says grapefruit juice can affect drugs like the antihistamine hismanal; high blood pressure drugs known as calcium channel blockers; statins, a group of drugs used to lower cholesterol; and many others that treat a variety of ailments. The best advice is to check with your doctor.

"Just drink grapefruit juice in moderation," says Dr. Talano. "One glass a day is not going to kill you, but if you take four, five, six glasses a day or you're on a grapefruit diet, that can have a detrimental effect."

Eating half a grapefruit isn't quite as potent as a glass of juice. Doctors do warn you to check the contents of fruit juices, which can include grapefruit.

Patricia takes no chances. She sees her doctor regularly, has her blood monitored for drug interactions and for now sticks with orange juice.

For more information on grapefruit juice and dangerous drug reactions, you can call the Food and Drug Administration at 1-800-532-4440.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Robyn Ekings, Director of Public Relations
Tulane University Medical Center
Office of Public Relations, SL26
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112-2699
(504) 588-5221

FDA MedWatch
(800) 332-1088

Is it okay to mix medications?


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