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How does flaxseed oil interact with other medications and foods?

Because flaxseed oil can reduce your blood's clotting ability, other prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal drugs that accomplish the same goal may amplify this effect and cause increased danger of excessive bleeding. These include antiplatelets (aspirin, clopidogrel and ticlopidine), anticoagulants (heparin and warfarin), ibuprofen, naproxen, danshen, devil's claw, eleuthero, garlic, ginger (in large amounts), ginkgo, horse chestnut, panax ginseng, papain, red clover, and saw palmetto. Antihypertensives, or drugs to treat high blood pressure, may interact with flaxseed oil and cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Other medicines may not work as well if taken with flaxseed oil, so it is best to avoid taking other medicines less than 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking flaxseed oil.

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