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Herb–drug interactions can result in serious adverse drug reactions

KEY POINT

Results of an extensive review demonstrated that use of herbal products by patients taking prescription or OTC medications (e.g., warfarin, statins, immunosuppressants, NSAIDs) resulted in adverse drug reactions, highlighting the need for patients to be educated on the potential for interactions to occur with these products.

SOURCES

Awortwe C, et al. Critical evaluation of causality assessment of herb–drug interactions in patients. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2018;[Epub ahead of print].