Adverse Interaction of Viagra with Grapefruit Identified

A Canadian research reported that prescription drugs may possibly result to adverse interaction when taken with grapefruit. The incidence of this risk has increased since 2008 and only a few physicians seem to be aware of this and failed to caution their patients against this possible health risk. One of the prescription drug that is believed to interact with grapefruit is the popular blue pill that is prescribed for erectile dysfunction.

Manufactured mainly for the treatment of impotence, the blue pill that is popularly called as Viagra is a prescription medicine that has a powerful effect in increasing the blood circulation in the penile area. Doctors who prescribe Viagra usually caution their patients that the pill could adversely interact with other medications such as nitrates that are used for the management of heart diseases and other heart ailments. But rarely are men being cautioned against taking Viagra with grapefruit or its juice.

The possible side effect that could manifest when grapefruit or its juice is taken together with Viagra is hot flushes as the toxic levels rise in the course of the interaction of the drug with grapefruit. There is also the potential possibility that men will experience a significant drop in their blood pressure as a consequence. According to reports, a single grapefruit or a glass of its juice is sufficient to alter the absorption of Viagra within 24 hours. The fruit serves as a barrier that prevents the Viagra from being broken down in the intestine thereby causing large quantities of the drug to be absorbed instead that could reach a toxic level. There is also the risk for men to experience being nauseated and dizzy and may feel numbness and pain in the arm, neck and jaw that requires patients to seek immediate medical help.

Instead of finding better sexual satisfaction from Viagra, men will likely feel discomfort whenever they experience a drop in their blood pressure, making them feel warm and too hot and flushed when they took the drug with grapefruit. It is believed that other fruits may also cause the same side effects when taken with Viagra. This include pomelo, limes and oranges although there are no definite clinical findings about this yet.

David Bailey from the Lawson Health Research Institute in London intimated that with the increasing numbers of serious adverse reactions caused by grapefruit when taken with prescription medicines, it is vital for medical and health professionals to be aware of the grave danger that this imposes to the patients. It is thus important to understand and to become aware of the potential life threatening conditions that may arise from this fact and to promote the safer use of Viagra among men.