Selected Benzodiazepines/Grapefruit Juice Interactions
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Very important. A change in your diet, medicine, or dosage may be necessary. Promptly consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How the interaction occurs:
Grapefruit juice decreases the ability of your gut to process certain benzodiazepines, such as diazepam, midazolam, or triazolam.
What might happen:
The level of this drug can increase in your blood and cause more side effects than usual.
What you should do about this interaction:
While you are taking this medicine, you should avoid eating grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice. You may choose an alternative citrus beverage (such as orange juice).In the event that you are instructed by a healthcare professional (e.g., doctor, pharmacist, or dietitian) to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice, you should immediately discuss with doctor the effects of grapefruit on the blood levels of this medicine. If you notice an increase in any side effect from your medicine, contact your doctor. Your healthcare professionals may be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change your medicine or diet before checking with them first.
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