Which herbal medications interact with diabetes drugs?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-07-16 16:48:46 -0500
Started 2012-07-16 10:47:27 -0500

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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jayabee52 2012-07-16 16:48:46 -0500 Report

OH, I thought that since herbal medicines were "all natural" they couldn't do me any harm!!!! (tongue FIRMLY planted in cheek) I guess that's not so?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-16 11:01:02 -0500 Report

Mays, my former boss is a Certified Holistic Health Nurse as well as an RN. One day I was reading an article on yahoo about the benefits of herbal medications. I printed it out for her to read. She read it and threw it in the trash. The first thing she said was do not believe anything in the article and proceeded to tell us that if you want to use herbal medications you should speak to a Certified Holistic Health Nurse or Holistic Health Educator before taking them. When you make the appointment take all of your prescribed medications with you as they will tell you what herbal medications you can take with the medications you are on and that you should make sure you speak with your doctor about weaning you off your meds before you start taking herbal supplements. She also recommended the best books on the market to use when starting a herbal supplements.

If you take Coumadin, your doctor should give you a list of veggies you can't eat when taking this medication. My moms doctor and my aunts doctor provided them a list when they were taking it.

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