Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• There is an increased requirement for riboflavin and maybe Co Q10.1
• These nutrients may be considered for supplementation: vitamin B complex [ folate, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12], and vitamin E.2
• Take with food to avoid stomach upset. The oral concentrate of the medication is incompatible with grape juice or carbonated drinks.3
• Limit or avoid caffeine.4
• Avoid alcohol5
• Avoid belladonna, henbane, mandrake, scopolia, and bittersweet nightshade with doxepin because it can increase anticholinergic side effects of the drug.6
• Avoid SAMe with doxepin, it could increase side effects or cause serotonin syndrome.7
• Tobacco increases the elimination of tricyclic antidepressants like doxepin.8
• Avoid St. John's Wort with doxepin because it can increase adverse effects.9
• Yohimbe can increase or decrease blood pressure if used together with tricyclic antidepressants. Avoid using these agents together.10
References1 Kishi T, et al: Inhibition of myocardial respiration by psychotherapeutic drugs and prevention by Coenzyme Q10, Biomedical and Clinical Aspects of Coenzyme Q10, 1980, 2:139-54
1 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
1 Pinto, J.T. & Rivlin, R.S. : Drugs that promote renal excretion of riboflavin. Drug Nutrient Interactions, 1987, 5: 143-151.
2 Bell IR, Edman JS, Morrow FD, et al: Brief communication - Vitamin B1, B2, and B6 augmentation of tricyclic antidepressant treatment in geriatric depression with cognitive function, J Am Coll Nutr, 1992, 11(2):159-63
2 Edelbroek PM, Zitman FG, Schreuder JN, et al: Amitriptyline metabolism in relation to antidepressive effect, Clin Pharmacol Ther, 1984, 35(4):467-73
3 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
4 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
5 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
5 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
6 Blumenthal M, et al. ed. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Trans. S. Klein. Boston, MA: American Botanical Council, 1998.
6 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
7 Berlanga C, et al. "Efficacy of S-adenosyl-L-methionine in speeding the onset of action of imipramine." Psychiatry Res, 1992; 44(3):257-62.
7 Friedel HA, Goa KL, Benfield P. "S-adenosyl-L-methionine. A review of its pharmacological properties and therapeutic potential in liver dysfunction and affective disorders in relation to its physiological role in cell metabolism." Drugs, 1989; 38(3):389-416.
8 Brinker F. Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions. 2nd ed. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998.
9 Miller LG. "Herbal Medicinals. Selected Clinical Considerations Focusing on Known or Potential Drug-Herb Interactions." Arch Intern Med, 1998;158:2200-211
9 The Review of Natural Products by Facts and Comparisons. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Co., 2000
9 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996
9 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
10 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
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