Unfortunately, if your pharmacist hasn’t done his research, he may not catch a serious drug interaction.
Here are just a few ways medications can interact with herbal supplements:
- Cayenne Pepper supplements may decrease the effectiveness of certain hypertension medications.
- Bromelain is an active enzyme in pineapple. It can be used to aid digestion or to treat inflammation in arthritis, but can be dangerous for people taking anticoagulant medications.
- Black Cohosh, commonly used to treat hot flashes in menopausal women, can interact with other estrogen agents such as hormone therapy or birth control pills.
- Dandelion Root is often used in teas as a diuretic. If a physician prescribes an additional drug with diuretic properties, the patient could suffer severe dehydration or kidney problems.
- Cat’s Claw is an alternative treatment with antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, but can increase the risk of serious bleeding if taken with anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Astragalus is a root used to increase energy, but has been known to interfere with immunosuppressive medications.
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