Some doctors recommend you avoid eating grapefruit when taking simvastatin, lovastatin, or atorvastatin. Grapefruit juice should be avoided too. The fruit contains a chemical that blocks the breakdown of these three statins. As a result, the statins stay in your system at high levels for a longer time. This might increase the risk of side effects. Grapefruit does not interfere with the breakdown of other statins.
Doctors don’t know how much grapefruit is safe if you are taking simvastatin, lovastatin, or atorvastatin. It is best to skip it completely if you are taking any of these three statins. If you still want to eat grapefruit, talk to your doctor about the risks. Together you can decide the safest way to control your cholesterol.
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