Herbal Supplements And Drugs Interactions

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Herbal Supplements and Drugs Interactions KimHang Phan Molloy College Herbal Supplements and Drugs Interactions The clear definition of an herbal supplement is defined by The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) as a product not a drug. The product contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, and dietary constituents for use to supplement the diet (“Using Dietary Supplements Wisely,” 2014). Like medications, dietary supplements exert both negative and positive effects to the body. Supplements may improve health but they also produce the potential harmful if interacting with certain drugs. For this reason, dietary supplements are regulated by FDA to ensure both safety and effectiveness…show more content…
The 2007 NHIS also found the following: American Indian or Alaska Native adults (50.3%) and white adults (43.1%) were more likely to use CAM than Asian adults (39.9%) or black adults (25.5%). Children whose parent used CAM were almost five times as likely (23.9%) (Barnes et al., 2008, p.1). Because natural products or herbal remedies become prevalent usage among adults in America, it is very important to acknowledge if an herbal product is safe or useful for certain health conditions and its potential interaction with other drugs causing toxicity. For example, evening primrose oil may interact with anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications (“VP-PRECIP”, 2014). Bayles (2009) stated that “the seeds of the evening primrose are rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs), including linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)” (p.1405). Omega-6 EFAs and GLA contain some properties, which help to reduce inflammatory. Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) is a native North American plant. Evening primrose oil (EPO) is commonly use in breast pain, premenstrual symptoms (PMS), menopausal, cancer, asthma, diabetes, and other chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and eczema (Bayles, 2009). EPO is well tolerated by most individuals. Some people reported a mild stomach upset, abdominal pain, nausea. EPO should not
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