Lipitor and Grapefruit

Lipitor bottles generally have a strong warning that warns users not to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking Lipitor. Grapefruit juice inhibits a special enzyme in the intestines that is responsible for the natural breakdown of many medications. When the action of this enzyme is blocked, the blood levels of these medications increase, which can lead to toxic side effects from the medications.

Additional interaction issues are available on our Lipitor and Alcohol page.

Other Lipitor Interactions In addition to avoiding grapefruit juice while using Lipitor, talk to your doctor before buying Lipitor if you take any of the following products:

  • Antacids - May reduce absorption of Lipitor.
  • Antiseizure treatments such as Cerebyx and Dilantin.
  • Atromid-S and other fibric acid preparations.
  • Antifungals such as Diflucan, Nizoral or Sporanox.
  • Calan
  • Colestid
  • Garlic supplements
  • Lanoxin (digoxin)
  • Lopid
  • Macrolide antibiotics such as Ery-tab
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • Oral Contraceptives - May lead to higher levels of hormones in the body.
  • Playix
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Cyclosporine
  • Serzone
  • Synercid
  • Tricor
  • Welchol
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