January 1997 Issue

Grapefruit Juice Alters Action of Some Drugs

If you're among the millions of people taking medication to help control high blood pressure, or if you're among the army of allergy sufferers who pop pills to relieve watery, itchy eyes, be careful what you drink to wash down those pills. Drinking grapefruit juice with certain heart drugs like felodipine (Plendil) and nifedipine (Procardia) can provoke adverse side effects, such as rapid pulse, dizziness and flushing. And grapefruit juice coupled with the

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