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Grapefruit Juice and Medicines - Topic Overview

How can you prevent problems?

You can take steps to avoid problems with grapefruit juice and your medicine.

  • Before you take any medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you can safely drink grapefruit juice.
  • Read the labels on foods and natural health products to make sure they do not contain grapefruit, grapefruit juice, or grapefruit extract. Seville oranges (which are sometimes used in marmalade but not in orange juice), pomelos, and tangelos may also cause problems.3
  • Always read the warning labels for any medicine you are taking. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Tell your doctor if you are having unusual or uncomfortable side effects from your medicine.
  • Tell your doctor and other health professionals about all the medicines you are taking. This includes herbs, vitamins, homeopathic products, supplements, and over-the-counter medicines.
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Last Updated: March 09, 2012
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