Blood Pressure and
Cholesterol Medications may have dangerous interactions when taken with
May 9th, 2006
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that some
prescription drugs can possibly cause dangerous interactions when taken
with grapefruit juice.
It was originally
believed that flavonoids from the grapefruit juice caused the
interactions; however the researchers believe that it is because of a
chemical called furanocoumarins that is found in the grapefruit which
contributes to the problem.
causes some drugs to not be absorbed because an intestinal enzyme called
CYP3A partially destroys the medication before it is absorbed. The
researchers first reported there discovery in the May issue of the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.