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What are interactions that can occur from taking flaxseed?

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If you take any medicines or other supplements regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using flaxseed. Flaxseed may block the normal absorption of medicines. Always take medicines at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after using flaxseed. Flaxseed and flaxseed oil may also interact with drugs like blood thinners, NSAID painkillers, hormone treatments, and medicines for blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.

From: Flaxseed WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Flaxseed."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Flaxseed."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil."

Wahrburg, U.  2004. European Journal of Nutrition,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Flaxseed."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Flaxseed."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil."

Wahrburg, U.  2004. European Journal of Nutrition,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2019

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