Can chromium interact with medications?

Chromium, an essential mineral available as a dietary supplement, can interact with several medications. These include insulin used to treat diabetes and levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid and others) for low thyroid levels. Some painkillers (ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin) may also increase the amount of chromium you absorb.

Before you take chromium supplements, talk with your pharmacist about your prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as any dietary supplements you take, to avoid an interaction.

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