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Supplements With Taxol
Chitosan: Chitosan comes from chitin, part of the outer shell-like structure of insects, spiders, and crustaceans. It can improve cholesterol levels when combined with a low calorie diet. There's mixed evidence for its usefulness in weight loss. It may increase risk of bleeding w/plavix & coumadin, (warfarin) etc, & add to effects of cholesterol-lowering, anti-obesity, or antibiotic drugs, herbs, or supplements. ...Read more
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
Discontinued: Taxol (paclitaxel) has been discontinued in the us. There was originally concern because of the environmental impact of its original sourcing, no longer used, from the pacific yew. In addition, the assignment of rights, and even the name itself, to bristol-myers squibb were the subject of public debate and congressional hearings. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Too many to list: Realistically you don't want/need a whole list of all medication/supplement interactions, just the ones you're taking, right? Check out http://www.Uspharmacist.Com/content/d/featured%20articles/c/10439/ for one pharmacist's thoughts on medication/supplement interactions. Or go to www.Epocrates.Com, www.Drugs.Com, etc for each individual medication & search for interactions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any dangers in taking l-tyrosine supplements or acetyl-l-tyrosine supplements along with Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg daily?
No, but use w/ care: L-tyrosine and acetyl-l-tyrosine supplements are used to improve mood and memory by some persons. They should not be used in combo w/ maoi's as there is a risk of hypertensive crisis. There shouldn't be any major drug interaction w/ prozac (fluoxetine). Acetyl-l-tyrosine has better absorption ; bioavailability so u may need a lower dose of it compared to l-tyrosine. However, use caution and consult your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Waste: Supplement is waste of money and time ! ...Read more
Vitamins are OK: Femara is an enzyme-inhibitor which eliminates the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. As such, it is a valuable drug, but this elimination potentially increases the risk of bone loss. Thus taking supplemental vitamin d and getting a test to make sure your level is normal is a good idea and will not interfere with the effect of the medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taxol (paclitaxel): TAXOL (paclitaxel) is contraindicated in patients who have a history of hypersensitivity reactions to TAXOL (paclitaxel) or other drugs formulated in Cremophor® EL (polyoxyethylated castor oil). TAXOL (paclitaxel) should not be used in patients with solid tumors who have baseline neutrophil counts of ...Read more
Coumadin (warfarin) and BCP: Alfalfa contains large amounts of vitamin k which is used to help make clots. Coumadin (warfarin) is used to slow blood clotting. Alfalfa may decrease the effectiveness of coumadin (warfarin). Some birth control pills contain estrogen and taking alfalfa with them might decrease the effectiveness of the birth control pills- use a condom. ...Read more
Yes: Warfarin is the most common drug to show a change in effectiveness with the use of herbal supplements. Among them, st. John's wort and ginko biloba are the most commonly reported to interact with warfarin, the first increases the risk of clotting while the second increases the risk of bleeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Calcium supplements — or antacids containing calcium — can interfere with the absorption of levothyroxine (Synthroid, Unithroid, others), a synthetic form of thyroid hormone. This interference happens chiefly if you take levothyroxine and calcium supplements at or near the same time. You can avoid this problem with the following steps: Don't take calcium supplements or antacids at the same time you take levothyroxine. , Take any products containing calcium at least four hours before or after taking levothyroxine. . Other supplements — especially those containing iron — also can interfere with absorption of levothyroxine, as can certain foods and medications. If your doctor prescribes levothyroxine, be sure to tell him or her about all the other drugs and supplements you're taking. ...Read more
Does Zoloft (sertraline) interact with supplements like omega369, b vits, calcium/magnesium, oregano (juice) & airborn? Also, does it interact with tylenol& gas x?
Check: You can use an interaction checker when you have questions about drug interactions with herbal or natural medications. Here is one example: http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/search.aspx?s=nd&pt=7 ...Read more