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What interactions occur with DMSO?

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DMSO can increase the effect of some medicines, which can lead to serious health issues. Examples of such medicines include:

The biggest concern of DMSO as a solvent is that when it gets on the skin it will cause anything on the skin to be absorbed. So be sure to wash your hands and skin well before using.

  • Blood thinners
  • Steroids
  • Sedatives

From: DMSO WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Brien, S. 2011. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Osteoarthritis and Complementary Health Approaches."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide)."

American Cancer Society: "DMSO."

Arthritis Today web site: "Supplement Guide: DMSO."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Brien, S. 2011. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Osteoarthritis and Complementary Health Approaches."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide)."

American Cancer Society: "DMSO."

Arthritis Today web site: "Supplement Guide: DMSO."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

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