• By Laurel Kelly

Consumer Health: Is your daily dose of citrus undermining your medications?

December 21, 2018

a glass of fresh pink grapefruit juice on a rough wooden surface, with two grapefruit halves in the backgroundGrapefruit: Beware of dangerous medication interactions
Grapefruit and certain other citrus fruits can interfere with several types of prescription medications. Some of these interactions can cause potentially dangerous health problems. And simply taking your medication and eating your grapefruit at different times doesn't prevent the problem. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist.


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