When medicines and supplements don’t mix
What happens when you mix herbs with prescription or nonprescription medications? The truth is, we often don’t know. Researchers are studying this question and hopefully we’ll have a better understanding of these interactions in the future. For the time being, the best advice is to think twice before mixing any herb with a prescription or nonprescription drug.
Certain supplements have been recognized as having a high risk of interactions with certain medications. You don’t want to mix medications with these particular herbs without your doctor’s approval because of potential risks. Some supplements of concern include:
- Black cohosh
- Dong quai
- Evening primrose oil
- St. John’s wort
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