According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), if you take simvastatin, you shouldn’t drink grapefruit juice as it increases the concentration of the drug in the blood stream.
This is turn “increases the risk of side effects”, the BHF warns.
“If you take another type of statin, limit your intake of grapefruit juice to very small quantities or you may want to avoid it altogether.”
What are the possible side effects?
Side effects can vary between different statins, but common side effects include:
- Feeling sick
- Feeling unusually tired or physically weak
- Digestive system problems, such as constipation, diarrhoea, Indigestion or farting
- Muscle pain
- Sleep problems
- Low blood platelet count.