POP QUIZ!
Central Florida Health News|July 2021
Which Supplements Are Safe to Take With Medications?
ERIKA ALDRICH

July is Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month, and it’s time to talk about some common interactions between herbal supplements and prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. Most people will take at least one prescription medication in their lives, and some estimates maintain that about 70 percent of those age 60 and older take at least one herbal medication in the form of pills, oils, teas, and more. Some interactions disrupt the effects of certain medications, making them ineffective or even more potent. Other interactions can be life-threatening. Take our pop quiz to educate yourself on the possible interactions between your over the-counter or prescription medications and herbal supplements.

1. Signs you are experiencing an interaction between your prescription medications and herbal supplements include which of the following?

A. Rapid heartbeat

B. Changes in blood pressure

C. Feeling “off” or ill

D. All of the above

2. Which of the following common herbal supplements can increase bleeding risk for those on blood thinners/anticoagulants, like Clopidogrel, Warfarin or an aspirin regimen?

A. Chamomile, cranberry, evening primrose

B. Garlic, ginger, gingko biloba, ginseng, & green tea

C. Saw palmetto

D. All of the above

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