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Tangelos and HIV med interactions?
Dec 16, 2008

I know that if you are on HIV meds you should not eat grapefruits but what about tangelos, a hybrid between grapefruit and tangerines?

I found this reference online which saya fro statins, it is Ok to eat tangelos. Does the same apply for HIV meds?

"Drug interactions

Studies by the USDA have so far shown that unlike grapefruit, interactions with statins are not likely with tangelos, even though it is derived from a grapefruit crossed with a tangerine. This is apparently because the furocoumarins in grapefruit are not expressed in tangelos.[2]

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1. ^ http://sarasota.extension.ufl.edu/FCS/FlaFoodFare/Tangelo.pdf accessed 2008-04-26 2. ^ http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/publications.htm?seq_no_115=175058

Response from Dr. Young

Thank you for your post.

I would agree with your conclusions. Even with grapefruit, you'd have to consume huge quantities for there to be a very significant interaction.

So, enjoy the tangelos. Happy holidays, BY



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