Herbal Remedies With Prescription Drugs ‘Harmful’

London [UK], Feb 5 (ANI): Mixing herbal remedies with conventional drugs can result in a wide range of dangers, according to a study.

The researchers uncovered dozens of cases in which alternative treatments appeared to have altered the effects of prescription medication, either diluting it, making it more potent or causing potentially dangerous side effects.

The paper turned up examples of patients who had suffered serious problems after taking herbal medicines alongside drugs including antidepressants and medication for HIV, epilepsy, heart disease.

Recent studies have shown it is possible for some active ingredients in herbal medicines to affect drug metabolism, speeding up the rate at which other medicines are broken down in the liver and reducing their effectiveness.

Previous research has suggested that St John’s wort, an over-the-counter herbal remedy for depression, could interact with a large number of medicines. It is thought to increase side effects of antidepressants and there is evidence it could reduce the effectiveness of drugs including warfarin, statins, antihistamines, birth control and HIV medication.

“If you are taking herbal remedies you should disclose it to your clinician,” said Awortwe. “A potential interaction and its consequences can be very detrimental to the health of the patient.”


Herbal remedies: Could it be more Harm than Good?

When a new supplement comes out with big health claims, many will flock to it based on the “science” behind it. A new study has revealed that some of these supplements could be doing more harm than good.

Herbal supplements are not put through the strict testing like many other medications, and some supplements have been found to contain harmful chemicals. Natural toxins, pesticides, and heavy metals. Medical experts are now urging the government to force independent testing to this supplements

There have been reports of some people experiencing seizures, prolonged illness, and in some cases organ failure. All medications, including any herbal medicines or supplements, should be discussed with your doctor before taking to prevent any damaging side effects.