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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Avoid consuming excessive potassium in foods and supplements when taking Vasotec. Ask your physician or pharmacist for more information regarding electrolyte balance.1
• The use of alcohol should be avoided or limited.2
• Vasotec may contribute to zinc deficiency. Supplementation may be considered with long term use.3
• Some herbs possess diuretic properties that may intensify the action of Vasotec and may lead to excessive lowering of blood pressure. Such herbs include: Alfalfa, Angelica, Astragalus, Basil, Bean Pod, Buckthorn, Burdock, Butcher’s Broom, Buchu, Celery, Cleavers, Cornflower, Dandelion, Elecampane, Elder, Goat's Rue, Hempnettle, Horsetail, Indian-Hemp, Juniper, Marigold, Meadowsweet, Parsley, Rauwolfia, Sarsaparilla, Sweet clover, Turmeric, and Vervain4
• Avoid natural licorice products, ginseng, and ephedra (ma huang), which may contribute to high blood pressure.5
• Topical capsaicin may increase the cough associated with using ACE inhibitors.6
• Avoid yohimbe with vasotec, it could increase side effects or cause adverse reactions.7
References1 Burnakis TG & Mioduch HJ: Combined therapy with captopril and potassium supplementation. A potential for hyperkalemia. Arch Intern Med 1984; 144:2371-2372.
1 Good CB, McDermott L, McCloskey B. Diet and serum potassium in patients on ACE inhibitors. JAMA 1995;274:538.
1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Pronsky, ZM: Food-Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Golik A, Zaidenstein R, Dishi V, et al: Effects of captopril and enalapril on zinc metabolism in hypertensive patients, J Am Coll Nutr, 1998, 17(1): 75-8.
3 Golik A, Modai D, Averbukh Z, et al: Zinc metabolism in patients treated with captopril versus enalapril, Metabolism, 1990, 39(7): 665-7.
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
4 Facts and Comparisons, The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
4 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
5 Pronsky, ZM: Food-Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
5 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
6 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
6 Hakas JF. Topical capsaicin induces cough in patient receiving ACE inhibitor. Ann Allergy 1990: 65:322
7 Facts and Comparisons, The Review of Natural Products , Wolters Kluwer Co., 2000
7 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
7 Leung AY, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. 2nd ed. , 1996.
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