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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 may decrease the amount of etoposide your body absorbs.
What might happen:
When etoposide is taken with grapefruit juice, it may not work as well.
What you should do about this interaction:
While you are taking this medicine, you should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking 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 discuss with your doctor the effects of graprefruit on the blood levels of this medicine. These effects can occur even if grapefruit is not consumed at the same time of the etoposide dose. This interaction may occur at any time in your treatment with etoposide.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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