The woman failed to inform doctors that she took cordyceps,
Patients need to understand that herbal medications are not completely
It is important that patients consult first with a physician before taking any herbal supplements, or inform their physician if they are taking herbal preparations if they are prescribed with medications.
Below are some of the most common herbs used as supplements, together with some of their known interactions with drugs:
1. Black Cohosh
Black cohosh is often used for menopausal disorders. It could be toxic to the liver and could have an increased toxic effect to
2. Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 protects the heart from damage from cancer medications. The use of coenzyme Q10 with warfarin decreases its blood thinning effects and may increase the risk for a blood clot.
Echinacea is used to enhance the body’s immune system and helps in the management of the common cold. Echinacea affects the metabolism of drugs by the CYP450 system. This could lead to complicated drug interactions, enhancement of side effects and reduction of the drug’s therapeutic effects. It can also slow down the metabolism of caffeine which can lead to insomnia,
4. St. John's Wort supplements
Supplements containing St. John’s Wort are commonly used to treat symptoms of depression. This should not be used concomitantly with other antidepressants, migraine medications, dextromethorphan, warfarin, birth control pills, and certain antiretroviral medications due to
Ginseng is commonly used to improve the body’s resistance and vitality. There are four known types of ginseng, namely American, Korean, Siberian and Brazillian. Of these, American ginseng is known to decrease the effects of warfarin and should not be used together with other anticoagulants, though this cannot be conclusively said for the other three types. Ginseng also has an effect in blood pressure and blood sugar medications.
Note: Article first published on 28 June 2016.