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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Limit your alcohol intake.1
• Avoid grapefruit juice with this drug, due to the known interaction between grapefruit juice and calcium channel blockers.2
• Some herbs possess cardiac properties that may intensify the action of antihypertensive drugs. This could result in an excessive lowering of blood pressure or increased side effects. Such herbs 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, shepherd's purse, and wild carrot3
• Avoid natural licorice products, Ginseng, and Ephedra (Ma huang) which may contribute to high blood pressure.4
References1 Mindell, E, Hopkins V: Prescription Alternatives. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, Inc, 1998; p. 143.
1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Bailey DG, Arnold MO, Strong HA, Munoz C, Spence JD, et al. Effect of grapefruit juice and naringin on nisoldipine pharmacokinetics. Clin Pharmacol Ther 1993;54:589-94.
2 Holt GA. Food & Drug Interactions. Chicago: Precept Press, 1998, 274-75
2 Josefsson, M, et al. "Effect of grapefruit juice on the pharmacokinetics of amlodipine in healthy volunteers." Eur J Clin Pharmacol, 1996; 51:189-93.
3 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
3 Facts and Comparisons, The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 Farese, RV et al., Licorice-induced hypermineralcorticoidism. NEJM. 1991, 325:1,1223-1,227.
4 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
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