If you’ve taken prescription medication, have you ever noticed the strange disclaimer, "don't take with grapefruit juice"? There is a very good reason for that! Hank Green explains in this episode of SciShow Quick Questions!
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I was told about this when I went on MMT. Grapefruit juice would likely render my methadone dose too strong, and my body would use it up too quickly. The intention is for a dose to last 24 hours on average, because unlike insulin, you can't take additional methadone if you start to feel low (from withdrawal symptoms). The drug is extremely powerful, and you don't want to mess with potentiating the 'high', or take contraindicated drugs with it.
If we can spend the money to do a federal study on female pig orgasms (and yes, they apparently do have them), we can figure out safe doses for people that like a glass of grapefruit juice in the morning. WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY!
actually, my mom did this. I can't remember if it was orange juice or grapefruit juice but she drank some with some medicine while she was pregnant with my sister. She ended up hydropumping vomit everywhere.
Not a good idea.
I actually DID try grape fruit juice to potentiate my opiates ...honestly? IF it did at all? I certainly could never swear to it ....though I tried it for weeks...pretty hard to verify from non measured trial and error ...seems like it was more placebo than anything ...I was frustrated they did not give me enough opiates when I was on a chemo like drug regimen trying to cure my HCV ...I also hoped the grapefruit juice would potentiate the antivirals I was taking ...apparently did not do THAT very well either as the HCV broke right back through....wasted effort being sick as a dog for a year AND choking down nasty grapefruit juice ....yet there ARE certain drugs that are PROVEN to be potentiated by GF juice so LISTEN to pharmacy warnings IF that applies to whatever drug you are on! People have apparently fricken DIED via GF juice1
Sounds like a great way to take less medication, which seems like it would be a good thing, for individuals’ health and purse/wallet, in the long run and it’d all be accomplished with a simple math equation ...hmm, but pharmaceutical companies would profit less!
In addition, do not drink Earl Grey Tea when on these medications. The enzyme in it, bermamotin also occurs in grapefruit, bergamot orange (duh), bitter marmalade and several other types of citrus fruit. Some mandarins (but not all) have it as well.
I know this because I kept having massive problems after drinking earl grey tea, to the point of ending up in the emergency room. Oddly, it made my blood pressure go really high and at that point I wasn't on blood pressure meds, so whatever you decide, or if you are on blood pressure meds, skip the earl grey and all other products with that produce or contain bergamot.
Orange juice tastes better? Hardly! It tastes different. Not nearly so sweet, which makes it a far superior breakfast, waker-upper juice. You did not even show real grapefruit, anyway;
you showed the wussy sweet red grapefruit that o.j. whipped wimps drink because they can't take the good stuff. ;^)
Tree ripened grapefruit are sweet, most of the ones you get in the grocery store are picked when they are about mostly ripe(yellow) and allowed to go fully yellow in storage. I love good tree ripened grapefruit and their juice. Unfortunately because of medication issues I can't eat it. I have had treeripened oranges which you would swear someone had infused with a lot of honey, they were so sweet.
I suffer from anxiety (under control usually, so I don't take medications) (also American medication scare the crap out of me from personal experience) and from all the ads warning about grapefruit I link the fruit now to some sort of anxiety/depression response and I avoid it like the pest lol I need to know I can consume grapefruit even tho I do have anxiety.
Google is your friend :) Try searching for your medication and its interactions with grapefruit juice, but make sure that you know the effects of whatever you're taking without grapefruit juice first. It is VERY easy to take too much grapefruit juice with too much medicine and end up not remembering the past 3 days.
A question arises, why do we think, that medication heals our body, when our body itself does all it can to prevent them from getting into the system? Maybe an epsode on drugs, their composition and the mechanics of their influence on human organism would clear this out a bit.
What's that faint squeaky wheel sound I hear throughout all your videos? Occasionally I hear higher pitched beeps like it might be an actual _sciency_ soundtrack, but my old ears can't pick it up completely.
Grapefruit cures high blood pressure. Thats why they say dont take it with hbp pills. God knew what He was doing when He gave us this fruit. doctors will never tell you that because it would put pharmaceutical companies out of business. so they just tell you don't eat grapefruit while taking his medication because of other reasons but the real reason is because they already know that grapefruit cures high blood pressure so if you take grapefruit along with the high blood pressure pills you're doubling the work on your high blood pressure which would drop it to an unsafe level. In their warning telling you to not eat grapefruit while taking this pill they were actually telling you that grapefruit has the same effect as taking this pill but most people are not able to catch this.
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