Medication Errors: Don't Let This Happen to You!
Each week, Dr. Mike shares a story from the news or one of his readers about a medication error.
Lipitor and grapefruit juice don't mix. Grapefruit juice inhibits a substance in your small intestine that helps break down dozens of medications, including Lipitor (atorvastatin). If you drink grapefruit juice while taking Lipitor, too much of the medication may enter your blood stream. This could result in side effects such as a dangerous muscle disorder or liver damage.
While standing in line at my local pharmacy, I overheard a customer ask the pharmacist if it was OK to continue to eat grapefruit while he was using Lipitor for high cholesterol. The pharmacist replied, "Yes it's perfectly all right to eat grapefruit. Just have it in the morning and take your Lipitor at night. Anyway, you would have to drink gallons of grapefruit juice or eat a bag of grapefruits for there to be any problem."
Wrong Answer! I was quite concerned and cornered the customer on his way out and made sure that he knew the correct facts. When I got home, I emailed the pharmacy and shared my concerns along with a link to the grapefruit juice article on this site.
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