Statins warning: Grapefruit juice could interact with the treatment – what else to avoid

Statins are a group of medicines that can help lower the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. LDL cholesterol is branded the “bad” cholesterol because it sticks to the inside of your artery walls. Eventually, a build-up of LDL cholesterol can cause a blocked artery – this can precipitate a heart attack.

It adds: “Currently, healthcare professionals advise it is safe to drink grapefruit juice and eat grapefruit if you’re taking other types of statins.”

What else should I avoid?

Cranberry juice may also interact with simvastatin, warns the Mayo Clinic.

“If used together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use this medicine, or give you special instructions,” explains the health body.

Research serves as a stark warning of the possible side effects of combining the two.

According to Bupa, one in 10 people may get side-effects such as:

  • Blocked nose, sore throat, nose bleeds
  • Headache
  • Nausea (feeling sick), diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion
  • Pain in your muscles, joints and back.

“Speak to your pharmacist if problems like these don’t settle,” advises the health body.

It adds: “But do see your GP if you have any persistent or severe muscle pain.”

One in 100 people may also get uncommon side-effects such as:

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Sleep disturbances such as nightmares or insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in sensation – for example, you might have numbness in your Fingers or changes in taste sensation
  • A rash
  • Feeling very tired
  • Neck pain or tired muscles.


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