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Doctor names drink that should not be used to wash down medication

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Author: Maria Kholina

Water is the preferred beverage for washing down medication, but not everyone is aware of one drink that should never be combined with certain drugs, according to family physician Mykhailo Tsiurak.

Forbidden drink

Grapefruit juice is a strict no-no when it comes to taking medication.

Grapefruit juice can interact with a range of medications:

  • Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Blood thinners

Why grapefruit juice interacts with certain drugs

It all boils down to grapefruit's ability to inhibit an enzyme responsible for breaking down drugs. When this breakdown process is inhibited, the drug levels in the bloodstream can spike, potentially leading to adverse effects.

Another issue arises from grapefruit's ability to impede drug absorption in the intestines. If drugs aren't absorbed properly, their therapeutic effects may be compromised.

How to address the issue

The most crucial step is to discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist. If you regularly consume grapefruit juice and take medication, it's important to determine if this could affect your treatment.

Your doctor may advise you to limit your consumption of this juice or opt for alternative products.

The doctor advises that if you're on multiple medications long-term, it's best to restrict your intake of grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

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