The risk of herb-drug interactions
is increased due to the large number of medications taken by this group.
The regulation of drug-metabolizing enzymes is a major cause of numerous drug-drug and herb-drug interactions
(Guengerich et al.
Optimising Safety is another important section, giving a practical review of safety considerations, adverse reactions and herb-drug interactions
when prescribing herbal medicines, as well as a discussion of potentially alarmist claims of adverse reactions and a caution to remember quality and safety considerations for all forms of herbal medicines, and contamination and substitution problems when choosing what herbal products you might use in your dispensary.
The council noted that advantages of clinical studies include the preclusion of in vitro and animal studies, and definitive means of assessing the clinical significance of herb-drug interactions
Prescribers of medications need to inform patients of possible food-drug and herb-drug interactions
," added Steven Dentali, PhD, AHPA's chief science officer.
This part also includes three chapters on the principles of herbal medicine, herb-drug interactions
and clinical nutrition (food and supplements) written by Lesley Braun, whilst other chapters explore exercise as therapy, the role of social support and detoxification.
Their topics include genetic and cellular multiple drug resistance in a diagnostic and therapeutic strategy in acute leukemia in children and adults, herb-drug interactions
and implication in drug monitoring, bacteriophage therapies and enzybiotics as novel solutions to antibiotic resistance, nutrition and tuberculosis, reversing multidrug resistance by the isoquinoline alkaloid glaucine, and finding the genetic solution for cancer in the mechanism of taxol cytotoxicity.
The effect of these herb-drug interactions
-- some of which can be life-threatening -- can be seen on tests for blood clotting, liver enzymes and, with some medications, on electrocardiogram.
They should discourage patients from pursuing dangerous treatments such as injections of unapproved substances and pay close attention to known herb-drug interactions
Specific herb-drug interactions
are then discussed in detail, drawn from extensive search of the medical literature.
There is great potential for herb-drug interactions
This widespread lack of communication represents not only a lost opportunity for healing but an unnecessary risk of potentially dangerous herb-drug interactions