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Drug Interactions (5 Articles)


Herbal Supplements and Prescription Drugs

Herbal Supplements And Arthritis Drugs Can Be Dangerous MixNot all supplements are safe if you are taking arthritis medications. According to a study in the May 2005 issue of Annals of The Rheumatic Diseases, researchers anonymously surveyed 238 arthritis patients from three clinics in England about the arthritis drugs and supplements they took, as well as their knowledge of possible interactions. 44% reported taking an herbal or dietary supplement in the last 6 months Only about 25% of those who took a supplement were aware of any risk Many who were not aware of the risk said their doctor told...

Drug Interaction Table

Some drugs and dietary supplements don't mix. To reduce the risk of harmful drug-supplement interactions and supplement side effects, anyone who is taking any type of prescription or over-the-counter medicine should consult with a physician before taking any dietary supplement. IF YOU ARE USING OR PLANNING TO USE ANY OF THESE COMPOUNDS... ...

Valerian for Sleep

Because we live in a sleep-deprived culture where coffee is king, I thought it wise to discuss valerian, a wonderful herb for insomnia. Known as nature's own tranquilizer, valerian has a very relaxing effect on the body. I recommend it to my patients to help treat anxiety and help them fall asleep at night. Unlike the prescription medications Valium and Xanax, valerian has no side effects and is not addictive. Valerian can either be taken in a tea form (though it doesn't taste very good) or in capsule form before bed. User beware: Because of valerian's sedative effects, I would...

Thyroid Drugs FAQ

Thyroid Drugs: Frequently Asked Questions about Food, Drug and Supplement InteractionsBy Mary ShomonMany people ask about specific drugs, supplements and foods and whether or not you can take them when you're taking thyroid hormones. Here's a review of some of the current thinking. (Please note that this is by no means a comprehensive listing of all drug interactions, so be sure to ask for and read your patient insert that comes with your prescriptions, and always talk to your doctor and pharmacist regarding specific questions.) -Should You Take Your Thyroid Hormone With Food vs. An Empty Stomach?-What is the Impact...

Increase Bone Mass in Newborns

Calcium Supplementation During Pregnancy May Increase Bone Mass in NewbornsBy Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, September 12, 2006, abstracted from "Effects of Dietary Calcium Intervention on Adolescent Mothers and Newborns: A Randomized Controlled Trial" in the September 2006 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.Pregnancy can be "a remarkable and challenging time" for any woman. But pregnancy is even more challenging for teenage women because of the stress placed on the need for calcium (Ca) for both her growing baby and her own maturing skeleton. Therefore, calcium intake needs to be highest during teenage pregnancy and current recommendations stand at 1,300 mg per...




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