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Sep 1 9:08am

When medicines and supplements don’t mix

By Joey Keillor, @joeykeillor

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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
  • Garlic
  • Ginkgo
  • Ginseng
  • Hawthorn
  • Kava
  • St. John’s wort
  • Yohimbe

 

Alternative medicine, home remedies and more in Mayo Clinic's Integrative Guide to Good Health.

What do you recommend for a 67 yr old woman suffering from chronic pain 24/7 whoo has severe anxiety & depression. I'm unable to find a dr. who will prescribe anything for anxiety saying it's dangerous to take it with pain meds. I've taken Clonazapam for years with Norco & the only side affect is I'm able to sleep, I have less falls & I don't pass out as often. I think about killing myself everyday, but as a Christian, I just can't do it. I don't understand why doctors won't listen to me when I tell them I don't care if taking Norco with Clonazapam could shorten my life? Whatever time I have left I would love to feel more comfortable & be able to actually live my life as opposed to just existing.

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Hi cb772, Please, Please retrain your thoughts about killing yourself–you are very important to many people and especially to God! Have you tried meditation for the anxiety? Also light exercise is great for anxiety and depression and if there are any support groups in your area for Depression/Anxiety I urge you to please seek them out and go. Check with your local Mental Health Association and see if there are any available. I facilitated a support group for 6 years and the people who came, helped each other so much. 67 is pretty young and if you get the right direction, you should have several more years to have a happy life. There is an exercise program on a PBS TV station weekday mornings "Functional Fitness" and the instructor and her helper(s) give 2 to 3 variations of exercises that most anyone can do and I urge you to check this out. Sending you a big hug to hope you feel better. BAZ

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@cb772

What do you recommend for a 67 yr old woman suffering from chronic pain 24/7 whoo has severe anxiety & depression. I'm unable to find a dr. who will prescribe anything for anxiety saying it's dangerous to take it with pain meds. I've taken Clonazapam for years with Norco & the only side affect is I'm able to sleep, I have less falls & I don't pass out as often. I think about killing myself everyday, but as a Christian, I just can't do it. I don't understand why doctors won't listen to me when I tell them I don't care if taking Norco with Clonazapam could shorten my life? Whatever time I have left I would love to feel more comfortable & be able to actually live my life as opposed to just existing.

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@cb772 I completely agree with @baz10. I'm also glad to see that you have connected with members in the Chronic Pain group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/pain/) and the Depression & Anxiety group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/depression-anxiety/).

I think you may be interested in these specific discussions:
– Depression and Anxiety at an older age https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/depression-and-anxiety-at-an-older-age/
– Pain and depression, the one two punch. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pain-and-depression-the-one-two-punch/

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I was surprised to see garlic listed here as a possible problem supplementing medications. Does that include cooking with garlic which I frequently do as I like garlic in my pasta recipes.? I wonder about that.

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