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What medications can interact with garcinia cambogia supplements?

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  • AJulie T. Chen, MD, Integrative Medicine, answered
    What medications can interact with garcinia supplements?

    If you're taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs or any other supplements, you may need to take garcinia cambogia at a different time -- or, in some cases, not take it at all. In this video, integrative medicine specialist Julie Chen, MD, explains.


  • Garcinia may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using medications that may also lower blood sugar. Patients taking drugs for diabetes by mouth or insulin should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist. Medication adjustments may be necessary.

    Taking hydroxycitric acid with statin medications, such as atorvastatin calcium (Lipitor®), may increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis (disease involving the degeneration of skeletal muscle). An incidence of rhabdomyolysis was reported in a case report of a patient taking a weight-loss herbal medicine that contained 50% hydroxycitric acid.

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