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I have this one medication, Amiodarone,
that I've been taking since last August.
When I first got the prescription filled
I looked at the dosage and quickly glanced
at the warning labels looking for the NO
ALCOHOL warning. I didn't see one. So to
me that was pretty much it.

The other night I was getting a pill out
of the bottle when it crossed my vision
in just such a way in just the right light
so that my eye caught one of the warning
labels that I hadn't noticed when I first
got the med. It read:

DO NOT EAT GRAPEFRUIT OR
DRINK GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
WHILE TAKING THIS MEDICATION

Grapefruit? Were they frigging kidding me?

Well as it turns out they weren't kidding, of
course. It seems that there is a chemical in
grapefruit which acts as an enzyme silencer for
a certain enzyme in the human liver, without
which the potency of some medications is
dramatically increased.

Go figure.

Not that I ever eat grapefruit or drink
grapefruit juice anyway. But it's good to
know. Just in case I'm out in a park and
a friend of mine comes up to me and says
"Hey, Ed! Here's some grapefruit juice
for ya!"

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