With grapefruit juice, patients need less cancer drug
A daily glass of grapefruit juice can boost the effectiveness of a cancer drug, allowing patients to take a much lower dose.
“Grapefruit juice, and drugs with a similar mechanism, can significantly increase blood levels of many drugs,” says Ezra Cohen, a cancer specialist at University of Chicago Medicine, “but this has long been considered an overdose hazard. Instead, we wanted to see if grapefruit juice can be used in a controlled fashion to increase the availability and efficacy of sirolimus.”
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