New research highlights the potential adverse interactions between certain dietary supplements and drugs.
In the recent study, researchers evaluated 85 studies including 1,491 different supplement and drug combinations. Data analysis showed that in half of the interactions, the dietary supplements affected the drug's break down, absorption or elimination.
Researchers found the dietary supplements St. John's Wort, magnesium, calcium, iron and ginkgo had the greatest number of reported drug interactions. Drugs for the heart and nervous system had the most reported interactions with dietary supplements; these drugs included warfarin, insulin, aspirin, digoxin and ticlopidine.
The study concluded that clearer communication between patients and healthcare professionals regarding dietary supplement and drug consumption may prevent these adverse interactions.
For more information on dietary supplement and drug interactions, please visit Natural Standard's Advanced Interactions Checker.