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  • Verapamil - "AVOID DRINKING GRAPEFRUIT JUICE"

    Why can't you drink grapefruit juice while on verapamil??
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: Verapamil - "AVOID DRINKING GRAPEFRUIT JUICE"

    There is a chemical that is in grapefruit and therefore in high concentration in grapefruit juice that makes active properties in verapimil, well basicly useless.

    It is a good ideal to avoid grapefruit juice if on verapimil.

    Lisa
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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      Re: Verapamil - "AVOID DRINKING GRAPEFRUIT JUICE"

      Cynthia,
      I asked the pharamacist about that and he said cause the Verapamil and grapefruit compete for the same metabolism enzyme in the liver.

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        Re: Verapamil - "AVOID DRINKING GRAPEFRUIT JUICE"

        Grapefruit juice is not good for a lot of medications.
        Check out the interaction of your meds before you start them.
        Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
        So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
        Good luck and stay well.
        Glen

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