Two common herbal medicines that interact with diabetes medicines are ginseng and garlic. Many people take garlic to lower their cholesterol, and take ginseng to control stress.
However garlic or ginseng when taken with diabetes medications such as metformin, a drug taken to lower blood sugar, may lead to hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a term used to describe a large drop in the level of sugar in the blood. This can be very dangerous because it can cause a person to pass out, and can even be life-threatening.
Which herbal medications interact with prescriptions for heart disease?
Garlic, black cohosh and ginseng are the common herbs that are known to cause side effects when used with heart disease medicines. One of the uses of garlic is to help lower blood pressure. However, garlic has chemicals in it that can prevent blood clots from forming. So, it is not a good idea for someone who is taking a blood thinner such as Coumadin (also known as Warfarin) to mix garlic with their prescription drug.
This may lead to increased bleeding. Black cohosh is an herb that is used by some women to reduce menopausal symptoms. Like garlic, black cohosh and ginseng also increase bleeding in patients already taking anti-coagulation drugs.
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