Cliff is taking 40 mg of Lipitor at night before he goes to bed. He has done so ever since his open heart surgery almost a year ago.
There's a stick-on note on the prescription bottle that reads, "Do not take with grapefruit juice."
I've done the research on the Internet, and read about the dangers.
Cliff can live just fine without grapefruits or grapefruit juice. But does that warning mean no grapefruit juice at the time you take the pill? Or no grapefruits or grapefruit juice ever?
My sister has returned from her winter stay in Texas, and brought the
usual bonanza of huge grapefruits with her. Three bushels. If it's
safe for Cliff to have one a day, or even one every other day, I'd like
for him to be able to eat one.
I've heard different things: Some say if you only have one grapefruit
a day, and eat it in the morning, it's no problem. Or if you eat them
in moderation any time, you're safe.
I called the Walmart druggist, and his advice was to leave grapefruit alone; the Lipitor stays in your body all the time.
Then I called our family physician's office day before yesterday and talked to the
nurse-practitioner, who wasn't sure. But she'd ask Dr. D. and call me
She didn't call back.
Today I called again, and was told I'd be connected with Dr. D's
nurse. After waiting five minutes (it's long distance) I gave up.
So I called the Cardiology group who diagnosed Cliff's blockages last year, and
prescribed the Lipitor in the first place. When you call there, you can be
transferred to a nurse's line, leave your question in voice mail, and
she'll call back with the answer after 4 PM. In the past, she's never
failed to call back. So I'm hoping I finally get the answer from a health professional. It's no
big deal, really. I'd just like Cliff to be able to share in the
bounty and get some vitamin C in the process, if he can do so safely.
Once I actually hear the rules from one of Cliff's doctors, I'll be satisfied with whatever answer I receive.