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Is it safe to take supplements and other meds with heart medication?

Sometimes patients do not realize they need to tell their physician about everything they are taking, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, and hormone-based birth control. Forgetting to tell your physician about supplements and medications - or feeling too embarrassed to do so - can have serious consequences. For example, St. John’s wort, an herbal treatment many try for depression, is known to interact with several heart medications, including Coumadin (warfarin) and Plavix (clopidogrel) and could result in increased risks of bleeding. Many of the most popular herbal supplements can lower or increase the effectiveness of cardiovascular medications, or cause other effects such as higher blood pressure or a change in heart rate. The best way to avoid dangerous interactions is to speak with your physician and disclose all medications and supplements that you are taking.
 

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