Supplementation has become a large part of our everyday journey to better health but it is still good to be cautious about mixing too much of a good thing. Certain supplements may have an adverse reaction to prescription medication or may not absorb as well when taken with other supplements. While it’s always important to talk to a doctor before starting any new supplement or medication, it’s good to know what kinds of common supplementations don’t work well together and what ones to avoid with certain prescription medications.
Calcium, Magnesium, and Iron with Thyroid Medication
Avoid taking magnesium, calcium, and iron at the same time as thyroid medication as the supplements can affect the strength of the thyroid medication. Be sure to leave a minimum of 4 hours in between taking these medications.
Iron and Tea
Iron is an essential mineral but when it’s taken in excessive amounts it’s extremely toxic and should be kept away from children. Further, if you need to take iron supplements for your health, avoid taking it with tea as it can reduce its absorption levels. Wait for 2 hours or more to drink tea after taking an iron supplement.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is a popular supplement used to help treat depression, anxiety, and menopausal symptoms but if it is taken in combination with prescription anti-depressant medication it can have severe side effects, such as seizures. When taken with other prescriptions medications like birth control and warfarin, it may affect their efficacy. Further, if taken with melatonin it can enhance the effects and lead to oversedation.
Vitamin K and Vitamin E with Blood-Thinners
Vitamin K assists our body in blood clotting and if you combine vitamin K with high doses of vitamin E, it may counteract the vitamin K. Further, high doses of vitamin E can alter your blood and make it thinner. This is especially important for those already on blood-thinning medications as it can increase your risk of bleeding.
Omega-3 and Blood Pressure Medications
While omega 3’s have a variety of benefits for heart and brain health, fish oil omega 3 supplements can have an interaction with blood pressure medications in which it can increase the effects of the drug which can cause blood pressure to drop too low. Omega 3’s may also affect blood-thinning medications for the same reasons.
Red Yeast Rice, Niacin, and Cholesterol
Red yeast rice and niacin are two supplements that have been associated with lowering cholesterol levels. However, these two don’t work well together and may cause liver damage. Further, if you’re already on prescription medication for cholesterol taking one of these supplements along side of it can cause damage to the liver.
CoQ10 and Diabetes Medication
CoQ10 is a supplement with a variety of uses one of which is supporting your heart function. However, if you are on diabetes medication and throw CoQ10 into the mix you run the risk of having your blood sugar levels drop too low. Further, CoQ10 may also interact with blood pressure medications and result in blood pressure levels dropping too low.