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
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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