Be careful, that’s my warning.
Many of us who take supplements rarely stop taking those supplements when we start taking prescription drugs.
As I was browsing news on Alternative Medicine this morning, I came across this article in Medicine News Daily.
Certain herb and dietary supplements (HDS) can produce potentially dangerous drug interference, especially among people taking medication for cardiovascular or nervous system issues.
These findings are part of an extensive new research review published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.
Here are the Important results of the study include:
- Using 213 HDS entities and 509 prescribed medications, 882 HDS-drug interactions were covered in terms of their components and severity.
- Warfarin, insulin, aspirin digoxin, and ticlopidine had the largest number of documented interactions with HDS.
- Over 42 percent of the drug interactions were produced by the HDS changing the pharmacokinetics of the prescribed drugs.
-the process by which a drug is taken in, distributed, broken down and eliminated by the body.
- More than 26 percent of the total were classified as major interactions.
- There were 152 contraindications, the most common of which involved the gastrointestinal system, neurological system, and andrenal/genitourinary diseases.
- The biggest number of contraindications came from flaxseed, echinacea, and yohimbe.
Bottom line… if taking drugs prescribed by a doctor, make sure you tell the doctor what supplements you are taking and ask them if there are any issues with continuing their use while on the drugs.