Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• The use of alcohol should be limited.1
• Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may dangerously enhance the effectiveness of this medication and may possibly cause an excessive lowering of blood pressure. It is suggested that Norvasc be taken with water.2
• Avoid natural Licorice products, Ephedra, Panax ginseng, and Yohimbe, which may contribute to hypertension.3
• The following herbs may have cardioactive properties and should be avoided with norvasc: 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 carrot4
References1 Mindell, E, Hopkins V: Prescription Alternatives. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, Inc, 1998; p. 143.
1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Bailey DG, Spence JD, Munoz C, Arnold JMO. Interaction of citrus juices with felopidine and nifedipine. Lancet. 1991; 337:268-269.
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Holt GA. Food & Drug Interactions. Chicago: Precept Press, 1998, 274-75
3 Pronsky, ZM, et al: Food-Medication Interactions, Pottstown, PA, 11th edition, 1999
3 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
3 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
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