Grapefruit May Turn More Drugs Deadly

Canadian scientists found the number of common prescription drugs that can interact badly with the tart citrus is climbing, potentially causing deadly results. Twenty-six new drugs that can cause serious harm when mixed with grapefruit were introduced in the last four years alone, bringing the total to 43, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. More than 85 drugs that interact with whole grapefruit, grapefruit concentrate or fresh grapefruit juice have been identified, and severe problems include acute kidney failure, respiratory failure, gastric bleeding and possibly death. (Original source: Bailey DG, Dresser G, Arnold JMA. Grapefruit and medication interactions: forbidden fruit or avoidable consequences? CMAJ 2012; DOI:10.1503/cmaj.120951).