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Take meds with water not juice

Researchers have reported that grapefruit, orange, and apple juices can block drugs commonly used to treat infections, allergy, transplant rejection, cancer, and high blood pressure. Researchers recommend that people take their medication with water not juice.

Study leader Prof David Bailey said, “Recently, we discovered that grapefruit and these other fruit juices substantially decrease the oral absorption of certain drugs undergoing intestinal uptake transport.”

The juice study

Researchers from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario gave healthy volunteers fexofenadine, an antihistamine used to fight allergies. The volunteers took the drug with either a glass of grapefruit juice or a glass of water.

When fexofenadine was taken with grapefruit juice, only half of the drug was absorbed compared to taking the drug with water alone.


Prof Bailey reported the findings to the 236th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society. The report included that grapefruit, orange, and apple juices decrease the absorption of the following medications:

Prof Bailey reported, “This is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure we’ll find more and more drugs that are affected this way.”


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