Grapefruit contains natural chemicals that alter how the body processes certain medications, so that you can end up with much higher levels of a drug than intended. For some drugs, higher levels can lead to inadequate breathing and dangerous increases in heart rhythm. You can learn more about how grapefruit affects your medicines from the FDA.
If you are taking any medications by mouth, check the list to see if you should avoid grapefruit. Be safe!
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