The Hazards of Grapefruit Juice And Medication

    20 years ago David G. Bailey, a reseacher at the University of Western Ontario, made an interesting discovery. He reported that using grapefruit juice along with medication could result in the strength of the mediction being increased up to 15 times. This could have serious affects, particularly if you were taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.
   Now, he reports in The Canadian Medical Association Journal, that further research shows that at least 85 drugs are now affected by grapefruit. Seville oranges often used in marmalade, limes and pomelos also produce this interaction. Many of the drugs that are affected are listed in the Journal. But I do not know where a complete list can be obtained.
    The best way to play it safe is never to mix medication with grapefruit juice. Failure to heed this warning can result in kidney failure, muscle degeneration, respiratory depression and gastrointestinal bleeding.
   W.C.Fields, the comedian with the big, bulbous, alcoholic nose, when asked if he wanted a glass of water always replied, "Water? Water is for running under bridges". Maybe so, but it's also a safe beverage to use when taking medication.

     Gifford-Jones