Jim Deputy pharmacistBy Greta Jenkins –

If you take some common supplements along with prescription medications you may be canceling out the effect of your prescriptions, or even putting yourself at risk of serious side effects.  We listed a few of the common  supplements and prescription drug interactions.  Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacists about supplements and drug interactions especially if you are adding a new supplement or prescription drug.

 

Ginseng –  used to increase energy, resistance to stress.

Hypoglycemic  drugs – Ginseng also lowers blood sugar.

Furosemide  – decreased diuretic effect.

Digoxin  –  may increase serum digoxin concentrations.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors  – headache, visual hallucinations, tremor, manic episodes.

Anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents – decreases effectiveness of Warfarin.

Estrogens  – increases effect.

Corticosteroids – increases effect.

Drugs that cause gynecomastia (breast enlargement) – Ginseng contains estrone, estradiol, estriolm so it has an additive estrogenic effect.

Garlic – often used to reduce cholesterol.

Anticoagulants, antiplatelet – inhibits platelet aggregation may have additive anticoagulant and/or antiplatelet effect

Hypoglycemic drugs  – increases hypoglycemic effect

St. John’s Wort  – used for depression

Antidepressants, Sympathomineticamines, Ma Huang, Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), Yohimbine  – this herb may have monamine oxidase inhibitor or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor effects. Can cause hypertension (high blood pressure) crisis, serotonin syndrome.

Digoxin – reduces effectiveness

Iron  – reduces iron absorption

Piroxicam and other photosensitizers – increase photosensitivity (increased sun sensitivity), avoid use with UV light

Valerian – used for sleep

Opiates, Alcohol, Barbiturates, CNS depressants – increases sedation effect

Chamomile – relaxation, mild sedative

Iron – may inhibit iron absorption

Anticoagulants – may interfere with drug effects

Yohimbe – used for impotence

Antihypertensives, Caffeine, Ephedrine, Ma Huang – taken with this herb my cause hypotension  low blood pressure) hypertension (high blood pressure), tachycardia (very rapid heart beat).

Antidepressants and St. John’s Wort – may have monoamine oxidase inhibitor activity

source: Univserity of Michigan Health System

 

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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