Be Careful with Mixing These Supplements!

There are some supplements that people often use but can have unexpected interactions with drugs and different supplements. We will name a few:

Fish oil

If taking fish oil with drugs for pressure lowering, it can raise the effects of these drugs and the blood pressure will become too low. Oral contraceptive pills (birth control pills) may obstruct the effect of the fish oil – lowering the triglyceride.
Additionally, bleeding may be a side effect of taking high doses of this oil with herbs that slow blood coagulation.

Calcium

The absorption of many drugs can be decreased with calcium, including bisphosphonates, the osteoporosis medicine; levothyroxine, the medicine for hypothyroidism and antibiotics in the tetracycline and quinolone families.

Echinacea

This popular herb people usually take to help fight flu and colds. Echinacea increases the immune system, but its power may be prevented with medicines that reduce the immune system, such as the steroid prednisone.

Melatonin

Melatonin supplements are most often used to cure sleep problems, so taking it with sedatives may initiate too much drowsiness.

This supplement may decrease coagulation, so combining it with anticoagulant drugs may raise the possibility of bruising and bleeding. Melatonin may increase the blood pressure if taking drugs to control it.

St. John’s wort

Avoid taking other antidepressants if you are using St. John’s wort because the serotonin levels in your body may be too high, which can cause significant side effects as well as heart problems. Oral contraceptive pills may be less effective when combined with this supplement.

Vitamin D

The efficiency of atorvastatin, the cholesterol-lowering medication may be decreased if mixing it with Vitamin D. Also, if taking this supplement together with a diuretic drug may cause too much calcium in the body, which can trigger kidney problems.

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