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Dec 11, 2013 09:34 AM

Health issues with grapefruit?

My sister has received a half case of grapefruit. She was told by her doctor to avoid grapefruit due to drug interactions. She was wondering if she could use the juice for a marinade that is then cooked. Also could she eat candied grapefruit rind? TIA.

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  1. My understanding is that any sort of grapefruit can cause an adverse interaction in certain drugs. She should ask her pharmacist or doctor, though.

    1. a web search turns up this information, but checking with your physician is the best advice when it comes to health matters:

      1. She should definitely avoid grapefruit if she is on a statin drug such as Lipitor or Zocor.

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        1. re: Jeff C.

          My father has been on Lipitor for many years. His doctor told him he could have a grapefruit 10 -12 hours before/after taking his Lipitor. Since he prefers having the grapefruit with his evening meal, he takes Lipitor in the morning. I am quite sure there are many people on Lipitor who should avoid eating grapefruit.

          I understand that grapefruit can interfere with other kinds of medication as well.

          1. re: Jeff C.

            Or avoid the statins and eat the grapefruit.

            1. re: Jeff C.

              It's not just statins... grapefruits have a unique chemical composition that affects a LOT of medications including anti-depressants and various other psychotropic medications. She'd be best off to get rid of the grapefruit and not take a risk.

            2. Until cleared with her dr for the specific meds she is on she needs to avoid the grapefruit raw/cooked/juiced etc and follow his advice for her specfic regimin.

              1. I too read about this some time ago and have avoided grapefruit since I'm on meds.

                But what about other citrus fruits?

                I'm thinking about pomelos and tangelos which may be/are related by hybridisation.

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                1. re: DockPotato

                  Since both grapefruit and tangelos are hybrids of pommelos, I would ask the doctor who prescribed the medications before consuming either variety of citrus.

                  1. re: John E.

                    Aye, that's my intention on my next visit. Avoidance till then.

                    I'm more concerned about folks who may not be aware.

                    1. re: DockPotato

                      What is mildly interesting about my father's situation is that he has a ruby red grapefruit tree at his winter home in Arizona. (He also has two orange and two lemon trees.)