Taking herbal or dietary supplements like echinacea , calcium or iron alongside prescription drugs could cause adverse side effects, as study warned.
remedies such as St John's Wort, flaxseed, magnesium or ginkgo could
also be bad for you when mixed with these medicines, it is believed.
research suggest combining the popular alternative remedies may cause
mild-to-severe heart problems, chest pain, abdominal pain and headache,
particularly among people receiving medication for problems with their
central nervous or cardiovascular systems.
taking Warfarin, insulin, aspirin, digoxin and ticlopidine had the
greatest number of reported adverse interactions with the remedies or
the two affects the process by which some types of drugs are absorbed,
distributed, metabolised and eliminated by the body, the study warned . Yet
scientists said the findings may just be the tip of the iceberg and
said people needed to be aware of the health risks involved.
it pointed out herbal and botanical remedies were more likely to have
adverse effects than the other dietary supplements, such as vitamins,
minerals and amino acids.
Source - Daily Mail