You may have heard that grapefruit juice and medications can cause an adverse reaction, but the potential danger is probably greater than you think. Research shows that chemicals in grapefruit juice can temporarily eliminate the power of intestinal enzymes, causing a reaction that may essentially result in an overdose or underdose. The chemical properties of grapefruit juice have caused particular pharmaceutical drugs to have five times the potency of a normal dose.
The list of medications that have proved to interact negatively with grapefruit has now reached 47, and includes popular drugs like Oxycodone, Lipitor and Zocor. Potential side effects include:
- Respiratory failure
- Intestinal bleeding
- Kidney damage
- Bone-marrow suppression
- Heart problems
Doctor David. G Bailey discovered that drugs and grapefruit may be a deadly combination more than 20 years ago. Amazingly, pharmaceutical companies and physicians haven’t given much attention to the issue, even though the consequences can be fatal. Please, get the word out to friends and family members so that an adverse reaction may be avoided.
If you or a loved one has suffered harm because a medication label failed to warn of a dangerous interaction or side effect, contact a skilled medication errors lawyer to discuss your legal rights.
McKeen & Associates, PC, is a nationally-renowned law firm based in Detroit, Michigan. We help injury victims throughout the country, using our uncommonly strong skill-set in medical law issues to secure large damage awards for our clients.
Source: AboutLawsuits.com, “Report Highlights Interactions Between Grapefruit Juice And Medications,” Martha Garcia, Nov. 28, 2012