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does drinking grapefruit juice affect aee inhibitors?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Grapefruit Juice: Grapefruit juice blocks special enzymes in the wall of the small intestine that actually destroys many medications and prevents their absorption into the body. Thus, smaller amounts of the drugs get into the body than are ingested. When the action of this enzyme is blocked, more of the drugs get into the body and the blood levels of these medications increase. This can lead to toxic side effects.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does taking grapefruit seed extract really work against parasites?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Unknown: Grapefruit seed extract has been used for ascaris and oxyuris, but there are no studies to indicate whether it works or not.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I like to juice, am I more susceptible to parasites?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No: Juicing should not increase your susceptibility to parasite infections.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is homemade juice safe for toddlers?

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Dr. Karen Lawson
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Yes: You need to make sure that the fruit, containers, and other ingredients are cleaned well. Preparing a smooth mixture without seeds or lumps by straining the juice mixture is prudent. Avoid exotic fruits and baby should have no more than a cup a day.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is juice of bitter gourd helfpful for weight reduction?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: There is no evidence that this product helps with weight reduction. It has been used to lower blood sugar in diabetes, but the studies are weak.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Does grapefruit causes hypertension?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
No!: Grapefruit is very good for you. Not juice, but fresh grapefruit. It is fine to eat fresh grapefruit while taking a statin (and most other medicines). Fresh grapefruit is great food.

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