Grapefruit, liquorice and your medicines

Lots of people take immunosuppressant medicines. You might have them if you have had a liver transplant or if you have an autoimmune liver disease.

With some of these medicines you must avoid certain foods. This is because the food can change the way your medicine works.

The most common example is grapefruit. People taking cyclosporin or tacrolimus should not have grapefruit or grapefruit juice. 

There is also some evidence that large amounts of liquorice could be a problem if you take strong steroid medicines.

If you have recently had a liver transplant there are some more foods you should avoid. You can find out more about this here.