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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Some nutritional supplements and herbal medicines may interact with this medication, particularly if they are targeted toward heart support and blood pressure. Tell your doctor about all your supplements and herbal medicines, especially if they contain vitamin B6, magnesium or potassium.1
• These herbs may have diuretic properties which could interact with this drug: Alfalfa, Angelica, Astragalus, Basil, Bean Pod, Buckthorn, Burdock, Butcher’s Broom, Buchu, Celery, Cleavers, Cornflower, Corn Silk, Dandelion, Elecampane, Elder, Goat's Rue, Hawthorn, Hempnettle, Horsetail, Indian-Hemp, Juniper, Marigold, Meadowsweet, Parsley, Rauwolfia, Sarsaparilla, Sweet clover, Turmeric, and Vervain.2
• This drug may have adverse cardiovascular effects when combined with medications and herbs that have cardioactive properties. Herbs that may be dangerous include: black hellebore, calamus, cereus, cola, coltsfoot, devil's claw, European mistletoe, fenugreek, fumitory, digitalis leaf, hedge mustard, figwort, lily of the valley roots, motherwort, pleurisy root, squill bulb leaf scales, white horehound, mate, scotch broom flower, and shepherd's purse.3
• While there are not yet studies that prove the herb/drug interaction, this medication could interact with all herbs that affect the Central Nervous System, including sedating herbs and herbs that elevate dopamine levels. These may include (but are not limited to) Kava kava, St. John's wort, Valerian root, Hops, Passiflora.4
2 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
2 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
3 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.
3 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
3 The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
4 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
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