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Considering Herbal Supplements

Be aware of herb/drug interactions. Herbs and drugs that have similar purposes (such as sedatives, blood thinners, or stimulants) should not be taken together, nor should herbs and drugs with opposite actions (a sedative herb taken with a stimulant drug, for instance). Ask your local pharmacist about any known adverse reactions, or check out the book Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, their edition, by Francis Brinker, ND. (Retails for $19.95)

Communicate with your physician. It is important to tell your doctor of any herbs you are taking, especially before surgery. Blood-thinning, sedative, and stimulant herbs may have adverse effects on surgery and subsequent recovery. Some herbs may interfere with prescribed medications, as well. Be sure to disclose any herbs or supplements you are currently taking if a new medication is prescribed.

Persons with Prader-Willi Syndrome may be more sensitive to medications. Hence, smaller dosages of herbs and drugs may cause the same reaction as larger dosages in other people.

Avoid taking herbs while pregnant or breastfeeding. There are some exceptions, such as ginger in capsule or candied form and chamomile tea. Always consult your obstetrician for more information to avoid possible complications.

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revised: 02/09/2012

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