By the way, doctor: What's the problem with grapefruit juice and statins?

Q. A warning on my statin prescription tells me not to drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit. Does this mean I can never enjoy this delicious fruit again?

A. I can understand your disappointment at this double whammy. Here's some news I hope will at least partly cheer you up: You don't have to give up grapefruit forever as long as you (and your doctor) are willing to switch to a statin or other cholesterol-lowering agent that isn't affected by grapefruit juice.

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