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Can ginseng cause adverse drug interactions?

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Yes. Because ginseng may affect blood sugar levels, people taking drugs for diabetes should not use ginseng without talking to their doctor first. Ginseng can interact with warfarin and with some medicines for depression. Do not take ginseng without consulting your doctor if you take any medications. Caffeine may amplify ginseng’s stimulant effects.

From: Ginseng Supplements WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ginseng.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Asian Ginseng."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

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

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ginseng.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Asian Ginseng."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 11, 2017

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