Why Statins & Grapefruit are a Lethal Combination!
Statins Side Effects!
Eat a grapefruit around the same time you take your statin medication, and you could wind up dead!
Here's a warning about the statin drug Zocar...
It's recommended that people who take Zocor do not eat grapefruit, drink grapefruit juice, or use grapefruit supplements, because they can increase levels of Zocor in the blood.
As little as one glass of grapefruit juice a day can significantly increase the levels of this medication in your blood stream.
In rare cases, the interaction between Zocor and grapefruit can be life threatening, raising the risk of serious muscle problems such as myopathy or rhabdomyolysis, or even death.
Lipitor combined with grapefruit is just as lethal!
Keep in mind...
There are two other bitter citrus fruits that are just as dangerous when combined with these drugs, pomelos and seville oranges.
Avoid them as well!
Drop the drugs altogether, and switch to a high quality Statin Alternative and eat all the bitter citrus you want!
How does it happen?
Substances in grapefruit latch onto an enzyme in the intestines called CYP3A4.
This enzyme breaks down and metabolizes these drugs. Knocking them out of action means more of the drugs get into your bloodstream.
Amy Karch, R.N., M.S., of the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center reported on a man from a northern climate who moved to Florida for the winter and began drinking several glasses of grapefruit juice each day.
Within 2 months the man died, the victim of a deadly interaction between grapefruit juice and his cholesterol lowering statin medication.
Weeks after his arrival in Florida, he began to experience muscle pain, fatigue and fever, and went to the emergency room.
After admission to the hospital,the patient ended up going into kidney failure and died.
According to The UK Medicines and Health care Products Regulatory Agency certain statins, when taken with grapefruit juice can raise the patients risk of severe muscle toxicity.
The MHRA said this was especially so with Zocor of Merck & Co, and Lipitor of Pfizer.
Is it ever safe to eat grapefruit while on statins?
I wouldn't try it.
It's still possible to have an interaction a full 24 hours after eating the fruit, so it's not worth the risk in my opinion.
If you insist on taking statins, it would be wise to have a zero toleration policy when it comes to grapefruit, pomelos and seville oranges.
Do not ever eat them!
Go off statins altogether, and eat all the grapefruit you want.
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