Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Take medication with food or milk if stomach upset occurs.1
• Avoid alcohol with this medication.2
• Ginkgo seed may interact with anticonvulsants, because of its seizure potential.3
• Evening primrose oil, black cohosh, and chasteberry may increase seizure potential and should be avoided .4
• Herbs that cause sedation should be avoided with Celontin because they could increase CNS depressant effects. The herbs are: calamus, calendula, California poppy, catnip, celery, couch grass, elecampane, ginseng Siberian, chamomile (German), goldenseal, gotu kola, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lemon balm, sage, St. John's wort, sassafras, stinging nettle, valerian, wild carrot, withania root, and yerba mansa .5
References1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996
4 Shuster J. "Black cohosh root? Chasteberry Tree? Seizures!" Hospital Pharmacy, 1996; 31:1553-554.
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996
5 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996
5 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
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