Transcript for Grapefruit Linked to Medication Overdoses
New proof that a staple in american kitchens, grapefruit can trigger and overdose of popular drugs, a startling headline for millions of americans and abc's chief medical editor dr. Richard besser here with answers. It's all about pills, grapefruit and a problem you don't need to have. Grapefruit can have terrible interactions with certain medications and the list of drugs that is involved has been growing. Just five years ago there were only 17 drugs we worried about. Now that's gone up to 85. And take a look at what drugs those are. Statins and heart drug, sleeping pills, antibiotics, seizure medications, anti-cancer drugs, a long list. Is it just eating it or the juice along? All grapefruit. Grapefruit is the forbidden fruit. Whether they eat it or drink it as a juice. It's that bitterness that causes the problem. Take a look at this. Just drinking one glass of grapefruit or eating one is enough to have the effect and it can last for up to 24 hourso even if you have the grapefruit hours before or after you'll still have the problem. The chemical in it makes it more po tent from preventing your body from breaking it down and gives you an overdose of the drug and it can stop your heart, damage your kidneys, serious problems. A list of the medications -- we have that on abcnews.Com. Check your drugs tonight and if any of them are on there talk to your doctor and stop those drugs. Dr. Richard besser, a big
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