Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The adverse effects of mixing grapefruit juice with prescription drugs was discovered more than 20 years ago and now, those same Canadian researchers who made that discovery report the list of drugs is growing.
There are now more than 85 oral prescription medications that may interact with grapefruit juice.
Half of them can have serious adverse effects, such as kidney damage, blood clots and even death.
Many of those drugs are for treating common conditions, such as Lipitor to lower cholesterol and Prozac for depression.
Grapefruit interferes with the body’s ability to break down the drug, increasing its potency, even when the fruit is consumed hours before the medication.
To avoid complications, take meds with water, not grapefruit and other citrus fruits.Learn more at ABCNews.com.