Herbal Warnings

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   Posted 6/15/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I've posted this before but we have a lot of newbies and I think this should be posted again.
Please check with your doctor and your pharmacist before starting anything new.  Many herbs interact with medication, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins you are taking and you could be in trouble.  Just because someone in a health food store recommends it, doesn't necessarily mean they know what they are talking about.   You do need to be careful of St. John's Wort.
Here are two links to sites that have good info about herbs.  Please read.  We want to keep you as healthy as possible. 

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   Posted 6/15/2010 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, thanks for the heads up.  Many people don't realize that herbals can interact with other meds.
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   Posted 6/15/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Another good reference courtesy of the Feds :)


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   Posted 6/16/2010 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree.....taking supplement can interact with perscription drugs and can be dangerous. Thanks for the adivce.
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   Posted 6/16/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I always list all of my supplements when I see any doctor so they know what I am taking, plus i look everything up online just to be safe. Another supplement I remember that cannot be mixed with anti-depressants is trytophan. It acts like an anti-depressant already. There are others but I cannot remember them right now. If I do, I will post them.

Thanks Sherrine for reminding us about this. Many people thing that supplements and herbs are safe to take with anything.
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   Posted 6/16/2010 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I've always had a complete list of my meds with me when visiting my docs, but they aren't very aware of all the interactions either. Searching "x drug and y drug" came up with a whole lot of information I hadn't seen just looking up the individual drugs.

There are good lists of drugs that cause serotonin syndrome, which seems to be a major problem .

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   Posted 6/17/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for posting this. It is important to be careful when mixing herbals with prescription meds. Like you say, some of them don't mix well and we can end up in a lot of trouble. Especially the antidepressant ones.

Great thread!!!

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