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Herbal Supplements Transplant Patient
Depends on the herb: Many herbal supplements are safe for transplant patients but some are potentially dangerous. Transplant patients take drugs to prevent organ rejection & some herbs may interfere with these medicines. Herbs that stimulate the immune system may also be hazardous. It is important to check for interactions between herbs & any medicines the patient is taking.Please ask the patient's doctor.See comment:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Supplements is also known as Vitamins and supplements. A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
Why take a chance?: You are one of a privileged few --don't blow it! for whatever reason you required a transplant, the new liver you received is fragile. Any new drug or medical problem, no matter how seeming minor, can lead to its rejection. Talk to your liver transplant coordinator, your surgeon, your medical team, your primary care physician with any questions about your health care, symptoms, medications. ...Read more
Some herbs unsafe: The big concern here is that many herbs can interact with the pharmaceuticals used to prevent rejection. Certain herbs are known to be hazardous, but some may be safe. At websites like drugs.Com you can assess known interactions between any meds you are on and herbs. But some herbs, like milk thistle, may reduce toxicity of these meds and thus be ok. See my comment for more info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a patient that has had a renal transplant take any workout supplement that contains creatine? Or is it unwise altogether?
I'd stay away: The supplement has not been shown to really help much with the muscle development so it is not worth the risk (or money). ...Read more
Remedy for Herpes: A 2002 article in the "journal of ethnopharmacology" names the concentrated extract of lemon balm (melissa officinalis) "one of the most widely used topical preparations in the treatment and prevention of herpes." lemon balm cream has been reported to interrupt the infection, promote healing of lesions, and reduce the number of recurrences of herpes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Money politics: In order to help their supporters and money contributors, some members of congress passed laws preventing the FDA from regulating herbal supplements unless the herbs clearly hurt patients who take them. So the FDA can remove a harmful product from the market, but cannot regulate anything else. Herbal supplements cannot be trusted to contain the ingredients listed, and may be individually harmful. ...Read more
Not alone: We cannot trust herbals or remedies that have no good evidence that they help in serious research studies. In patients that have no good alternative to be cured herbals may be tried for compassion. Not all cancers are treated the same. Early stage cancer and some advanced cancers may be cured with conventional treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: There are no perfect treatments. Anti-viral and anti-fungals have been helpful in some patients. Herbal supplements like clove, thyme, and oregano which have anti-viral and anti-fungal activities could help if ingested. Topical vit d oil might be beneficial. Check blood 25-oh vit d 3 and see if it is low. Topical or oral coconut oil which is both anti-viral and anti-bacterial might be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There is no safe herbal supplements for chronic acute hepatitis and cirrhosis besides controlling the underlying condition and signs/symptoms that caused the cirrhosis. I would see a liver specialist to help you determine what is the best course of action is since liver disease, especially cirrhosis can lead to many complications that can be managed with certain medications and possibly transplant ...Read more
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
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