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Author Topic: New study evaluating herb and drug interactions  (Read 1334 times)

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Offline Okealyshire

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New study evaluating herb and drug interactions
« on: February 09, 2010, 02:32:12 AM »
We've all been wondering if we'll ever see the data...looks like we might be getting a decent dose of evidence soon:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/health/research/09haza.html
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Researchers are warning that popular herbs and supplements, including St. Johnís wort and even garlic and ginger, do not mix well with common heart drugs and can also be dangerous for patients taking statins, blood thinners and blood pressure medications.

http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/abstract/55/6/515
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More than 15 million people in the U.S. consume herbal remedies or high-dose vitamins. The number of visits to providers of complementary and alternative medicine exceeds those to primary care physicians, for annual out-of-pocket costs of $30 billion. Use of herbal products forms the bulk of treatments, particularly by elderly people who also consume multiple prescription medications for comorbid conditions, which increases the risk of adverse herb-drug-disease interactions. Despite the paucity of scientific evidence supporting the safety or efficacy of herbal products, their widespread promotion in the popular media and the unsubstantiated health care claims about their efficacy drive consumer demand. In this review, we highlight commonly used herbs and their interactions  with cardiovascular drugs. We also discuss health-related issues  of herbal products and suggest ways to improve their safety to better protect the public from untoward effects.

(Originally seen at http://stupidevilbastard.com/2010/02/new-study-warns-that-herbal-supplements-and-medicines-dont-always-mix-well/)

Offline veritas

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Re: New study evaluating herb and drug interactions
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 05:55:03 AM »

OK,

Interesting article and abstract. Hope they release the full paper soon. Of course, we've known that certain herbs shouldn't be taken if hiv+ on meds (ie: echin., gingo----etc.) and before anyone starts taking herbs they should do their do-diligence research.

I think they will find a mixed blessing when it comes to herbs . For example, taking garlic supplements can be risky, however, fresh garlic is good. Here a link on everything you wanted to know about garlic (as an ex.):

http://www.howstuffworks.com/garlic.htm/printable

Nice find.

v

 


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