List of Medicines Having Interaction (Avoid ) with Grapefruit

A small list of medicines are there who are not quite compatible to take with Grapefruit, Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Canned or frozen Grapefruit, Drinks that contains Grapefruits.
  • Amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone) 
  • Nifedipine (Procardia, Aldalat)
  • Buspirone (Buspar) 
  • Simvastatin (Zocor)
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Tegral) 
  • Sirolimus (Rapamune)
  • Cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral) 
  • Tacrolimus (Prograf, Inograph) 
What are other drugs which are prone to get an interaction with Grapefruit?
Many prescription and OTC drugs have an interaction with Grapefruit but its always good to ask your Pharmacist or Doctor about your concerns.

Should I Stop taking Grapefruit now for lifelong?
Its quite possible that you if you continue to take these listed medicines you could not take Grapefruit. But if you are not on these medicines or your medicines have been changed you can take Grapefruit.

What will happen if I accidentally have grapefruit?
It is unlikely that an accidental, one­time eating or drinking of small amounts of grape¬fruit products will cause serious problems. Grapefruit can affect drug absorption for several days, however. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you think you are expe­riencing side effects.

Do citrus fruits other than grapefruit cause the same problem?
Grapefruit, unlike other fruit in the citrus family, contains chemical compounds that can affect how some medicines are absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. The absorp­tion of some drugs can be increased or decreased, so that the amount of drug in your body is not right.Other citrus fruits, such as clementines, lemons, oranges and tangerines do not cause a problem when taken with these drugs.

What if I have always taken my medication with grapefruit?
It is recommended that you stop having grapefruit. Alert your pharmacist and doctor that you have made this change.

Download PDF: Important Drug and Food Information. 
Important information to know when you take: Some drugs with grapefruit  [Link]

Credits: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Drug ­Nutrient Interaction Task Force