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Can i eat grapefruit if i am taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

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Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwellanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
No: You shouldn't eat grapefruit if you are on lipitor (atorvastatin). Grapefruit causes a reaction with the system in your body which breaks down Lipitor (atorvastatin) and this can lead to an unsafe buildup of Lipitor (atorvastatin) in your body along with an increase in side effects.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Great question: The is a great question...Hotly debated amongst experts. Because grapefruit can cause certain of these medications to increase in concentration, their side-effects may also worsen. Timing of taking the meds/juice does not seem to affect this, as the juice may have an effect for several days. Crestor (rosuvastatin) and Pravachol may not be affected as much...Consider switching if you like grapefruit!
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
No: No it may raise the level too high.

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A 60-year-old female asked:

What should I do when I have a reaction after eating grapefruit while taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Wait: There's nothing you can do but to wait for it to wear off - if you're having muscle pain, you can take an otc analgesic for 6-12 hours.

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