According to "Focus" magazine provided by Horizon Blue Cross, here is a list of some common drug-herbal supplement interactions:
|HERB||DO NOT TAKE WITH||WHY?|
|Garlic||Coumadin (warfarin)||Risk of increased bleeding|
|Ginseng||Coumadin (warfarin)||May prevent warfarin from working properly|
|Ginko Biloba||Coumadin (warfarin)Aspirin Motrin Advil(ibuprofen)Plavix||Risk of increased bleeding|
|Kava Kava||Sleeping aids such as: Valium or Xanax and certain antidepressants||May cause increased sleepiness|
|St John's Wort||Anitdepressants oral contraceptives sleeping aids and transplant drugs||May increase the side effects of antidepressants and sleeping aids such as blood pressure sweating and drowsiness May also prevent oral contraceptives and transplant drugs from working properly|
Be sure to speak to your doctor or pharmacist about any prescriptions or over the counter drugs you are taking when considering herbal supplements.