Is Grapefruit Juice Public Enemy #1 For Lipitor Users?
If you have recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol, which one in five adults have, you may be told by your doctor to take Lipitor. Lipitor is a drug that has been clinically proven to reduce the bad cholesterol in your body by about 39-60%. High cholesterol is a leading risk factor for heart disease, obviously something everyone would want to avoid.
However, it has been said that if you are taking Lipitor you should avoid grapefruit juice. Now this just sounds ridiculous that grapefruit juice could create problems. Yet, as ridiculous as this sounds, it is true. Not only does grapefruit juice create problems, but they could be serious complications that could be fatal.
Grapefruit juice prevents an enzyme in your intestine from breaking down many medicines, including Lipitor. This means that the drug will stay in your body for longer and cause too much of the drug to enter into your blood stream. Obviously this is not a good thing for your body to experience and can lead to very serious health complications.
When the drug cannot be properly broken down and too much enters your blood stream you may develop muscle disorder, liver damage, kidney damage, and these can eventually become fatal.
The interaction between grapefruit juice and Lipitor can occur up to three days after consuming the grapefruit, so those that think they can escape the side effects by having a grapefruit one day and the medication the other may want to face reality.
You are probably sitting there thinking, “Is there anyway I can have grapefruit juice and be on Lipitor?” Well the answer is sadly, no. If you have reached this point you now have two options. Continue taking Lipitor and stop having any grapefruit juice. Yes it will be hard, but unless death is an appealing option you may want to give up the juice, or go to the second option. If you cannot live without grapefruit juice you may want to consider talking to your doctor about and alternate form of medication.
In the end Lipitor and grapefruits don’t mix. Life is about choices, and not all of them are easy.
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