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Grapefruits Gone Wild

Grapefruits Gone WildLike all of its citrus counterparts, grapefruit is a great source of vitamin C. One medium-sized fruit has 150% of your daily value for C, plus 3 grams of fiber in just 75 calories.

But grapefruit rears its ugly head when taken with certain medications.

It has long been known that this bulbous beauty is contraindicated with some pharmacotherapies. What’s new though, is just how many drugs don’t jive with the tastebud-teasing fruit.

A report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that the number of hazardous drugs that are not compatible with grapefruit jumped from 17 drugs in 2008 to 43 in 2012.

Grapefruit can be lethal when its compounds called furanocoumarins inhibit your body’s ability to metabolize and breakdown certain drugs. This leads to toxicity levels that induce a drug overdose, which in turn can have deadly consequences.

Lipitor is perhaps the most commonly known drug that requires avoidance of grapefruit…but it isn’t the only one. You can find the full list of drugs with grapefruit precautions here.

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