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My Revolutionary Hayfever Cure: Grapefruit Juice or Death

Grapefruit and hayfever sounds like a pretty random combination, right? Well, I’ve noticed over the past 3 days that I get immediate relief from my watering eyes after drinking a couple of sips of pink grapefruit juice. Intrigued by this, I went searching Google and was rather surprised to find that grapefruit juice can kill you:

Two earlier second generation drugs, terfenadine (Seldane) and astemizole (Hismanal), in rare cases, caused dangerous heart rhythm abnormalities, particularly in high doses or in people who have liver disease or are taking certain other medications or ingesting grapefruit juice…  Allegra, Zyrtec, and Claritin do not appear to pose any of the dangers associated with Seldane. Until more is known, anyone who takes a second-generation antihistamine [such as Zyrtec or Claritin], though, should probably avoid or use with caution combinations with grapefruit juice…
Not exactly the cure I was looking for.

There does seem to be anecdotal evidence that grapefruits can prevent hayfever but nothing I couldn’t find about how or why, so perhaps I’m a unique case. Anyway, if you’re a hayfever sufferer and your eyes are watering to the point of distraction, try drinking a bit of grapefruit juice. After all, whatever doesn’t kill you might cure you!

P.S. remember, I’m not a Doctor — not even a pretend one, so don’t blame me if it all goes tragically wrong.