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A Washington woman nearly lost her leg from a blood clot after the grapefruit she ate interfered with her birth control pills.

Pharmacist Candice Carino explains that grapefruit interacts with several types of widely prescribed drugs.

“The main ones are called statins. Cymbastatin is one [and] a lot of people know Zocor. Lobastatin is another one,” she said. “[Also] some other heart medications or blood pressure medications. Valium or Diazipam is another one, which can be used for anxiety or muscle spasms.”

Grapefruit also interacts with some allergy pills. Check to see if grapefruit consumption is among the warnings that come with your drug.

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