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    Statins and Grapefruit

    I am a long time sufferer of HA and I have high cholesterol. I take a statin for the high cholesterol at night before bed. There is a warning against eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. I am traveling for a conference and I accidentally ate a couple small pieces of grapefruit this morning about 8 hours after taking my statin. From my googling it sounds like it is only a problem if drink a full glass of juice with my pill which I didn't. It has been a couple of hours since at the grapefruit and I think I feel fine but my HA is screaming at me right now. I tried to call my Dr. but because I am traveling and in a different timezone, his office is not open. I will call when it is but I am wondering if anyone else has been in this boat? I know you guys are not doctors but I have no perspective on this and I am freaking out. If any of you know the symptoms of problems that would be great. I am afraid to google anymore so just your thoughts would be great.

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    Re: Statins and Grapefruit

    I don't think a few pieces will harm you. my husband has eaten grapefruit before he had realised he wasn't supposed to. I am sure you will fine x

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    Re: Statins and Grapefruit

    Annie, you are a God send. I keep telling myself that few pieces won't harm me but HA is not a good life companion.

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    Re: Statins and Grapefruit

    Which statin doe you take?

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    Re: Statins and Grapefruit

    I take zocor which is simvastatin.

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    Re: Statins and Grapefruit

    The only one you would have to avoid grapefruit is simvastatin but you would have to drink a full glass of grapefruit juice and even then it only may increase any side affects.

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    so a few pieces won't harm you at all

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    I have to tell my husband what he should and shouldn't eat as he just has what he wants and doesn't look at side effects and he has never suffered any problems.

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    Re: Statins and Grapefruit

    Yes, Same here, I am on simvistatin, I only did it once, I was ok. was an error
    won't be doing it again though, just in case.
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    Re: Statins and Grapefruit

    I will just keep telling myself that I will be OK. I will still call my doc but I know that I am probably over reacting right now since I am in a high anxiety state due to being stuck on an airplane for 7 hours yesterday. That much flying is not good for my claustrophobia.

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    Re: Statins and Grapefruit

    Quote Originally Posted by Annie0904 View Post
    The only one you would have to avoid grapefruit is simvastatin but you would have to drink a full glass of grapefruit juice and even then it only may increase any side affects.
    I am on atorvastatin and have to avoid it as well
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    Re: Statins and Grapefruit

    Does anyone know what the side effects are that could be increased? As far as I know I don't have any side effects. Too afraid to google.

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    I too had read that there are a few other statins that should be weary of grapefruit.

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