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American Pharmacists Found that Taking Herbs with Conventional Drugs Can Be Fatal

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Time: 2020/1/16 15:56:52

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Catherine Ulbridge, an American pharmacist, found that taking herbs with conventional drugs could put patients' lives at risk, according to her research. Studies have shown that the combination of natural supplements and widely used drugs can cause harmful side effects and a series of health problems.


About 10 million people in the UK take herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements together. Umbridge's research found that garlic, ginger, Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort), green tea, and other popular supplements can have adverse effects on the efficacy of prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs. 


She pointed out that this match is harmful to the young, the old and the people who need to take a lot of drugs, and the health of pregnant women and lactating women will be at risk. Ulbridge has written several books on herbs. She pointed out that doctors need to let patients know about any potential risks and avoid the harm or even life-threatening effects of taking natural supplements. 


In a research paper published in alternative and complementary medicine, ulbridge said: "Natural does not mean safety. If a substance can produce therapeutic effects in the human body, it can also cause adverse reactions or interactions. " 


According to her research, popular natural supplements such as chrysanthemum, ginger and ginkgo contain nutrients that can reduce blood pressure or dilute the blood, but when they interact with aspirin and warfarin, they pose serious health risks. Millions of patients are taking aspirin and warfarin to prevent heart attacks. In addition, the use of functional drinks or nutritional bars, in combination with drugs, can also cause dangerous side effects.


Ulbridge warned that garlic supplements, which reduce blood pressure, could have an adverse effect on the effectiveness of anticoagulants and cyclosporine, an immunosuppressant used to prevent transplant rejection. In addition, grapefruit juice can also interact with drugs, which may inhibit the action of enzymes that usually decompose drugs in the gut. 


A cup of grapefruit juice can exist in the body for more than 24 hours. Patients should not drink grapefruit juice while taking statins, antihypertensives, psychotherapy drugs, and Viagra. Valerian will strengthen the efficacy of anesthetic, and Hypericum perforatum will make transplant organ appear rejection.


Ulbridge also pointed out that valerian, a natural substitute for sleeping pills, can enhance the efficacy of anesthetics. Hypericum perforatum, which is used to treat depression, can interact with immunosuppressants, leading to graft rejection. Surgeons say most of the side effects associated with surgery can be avoided if patients do not take herbal products before or after surgery during prescriptions such as blood thinners.

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