Abilify and grapefruit juice

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   Posted 5/15/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear forum users,
I am wondering about the effects of grapefruit on Abilify.
My pdoc said not to eat grapefruit or drink the juice because it would change the effects.
Has anyone else heard this?

What exactly would it do -- make Abilify less effective? change the effects?

I'm feeling scientifically curious and have access to grapefruit juice, so.... **^^**

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   Posted 5/15/2010 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't realize that about abilify, but I know it is the same with xanax. Thanks for the information. I do take abilify too.

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   Posted 5/15/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know the specifics but I do know that quite a few meds recommend not being taken with grapefruit juice.
How does grapefruit juice affect medicines?

Grapefruit juice contains chemicals that can cause problems with enzymes that break down certain types of medicines in your intestines. When a medicine does not get broken down properly in the intestines, you can have too much medicine in your blood. The chemicals in grapefruit juice can also cause you to have not enough medicine in your blood. Having too much medicine in your blood increases your chances of having side effects.

Which medicines are affected by grapefruit juice?

Most medicines are not affected by grapefruit juice. And not all medicines for the health problems listed below are affected by grapefruit juice. But more than 50 medicines are affected by grapefruit juice

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   Posted 5/16/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh thats great cheryl. WebMD is wondeful, i should have looked there.. well i'm glad you found it~!
I didnt know that about xanax....
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