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Is it safe to take herbal supplements after having a liver transplant?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
You should check with your doctor before trying any herbs, but unfortunately many doctors do not know much about this. An article on herbs to avoid and why: http://www.sharecare.com/question/what-herbal-supplements-avoid-transplant An article on interactions with cyclosporine: http://home.caregroup.org/clinical/altmed/interactions/Drugs/Cyclosporine.htm
Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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