Five a day … but not grapefruit?

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The chemicals in grapefruit called furanocoumarins act on an enzyme in the gut that normally reduces the potency of medication. They effectively boost the dose of some drugs many times.  The medicines include treatments for anxiety, depression, allergy, HIV infection, seizures, heart rhythm abnormalities and high cholesterol.

Dr David Bailey a researcher at the Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada, commented that "One tablet with a glass of grapefruit juice can be like taking five or 10 tablets with a glass of water".
There are other things which do effect the absorption of medication, including milk.  The best thing to do is check with your pharmacist.

Annabelle Eyre
Clinical Negligence Team 

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