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Grapefruits & Medicine Could Make Deadly Combination

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(WGEM) -- New research shows eating grapefruit could be dangerous for people taking certain prescription medications.

Canadian researchers say there are now 85 drugs that might interact with grapefruit -- and 43 can have serious side effects -- even cause sudden death.

Researchers say grapefruit poses risks to those taking commonly prescribed drugs like Lipitor, Zocor, Plavix and Oxycodone.

The fruit contains a chemical that can either accelerate the effects of certain drugs or block the absorption of others -- even when eaten many hours before taking the medication.

Experts say taking one tablet of some medications with a glass of grapefruit juice can be the same as taking 20 tablets.

Dr. Kathy Asbury of the Quincy Medical Group says the most important thing to do is to talk to your doctor about your medications and any possible conflict with the fruit.

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