Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — A Dose of Supplement Danger

Dear Dr. Walt,

I take a daily baby aspirin and an occasional NSAID for discomfort. I was wondering if there are any supplements that could interact with either.

—Wanting to Avoid Side Effects in Texas

Dear Wisely Cautious,

Unfortunately, aspirin and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, among many others) have possible harmful interactions with a great many supplements.

Here are a few of the more common supplements that should not be taken with either: arginine, dong quoi, feverfew, garlic, ginkgo, horse chestnut, policosanol, red clover, St. John’s wort, vitamin E, and white willow.

As I always say to my readers, do not take a natural medication (herb, vitamin, or supplement) without at the very least learning more about it from ConsumerLab.com or the Natural Medicines Database.

Although these are subscription-based websites, you can usually access one or both from your nearby public library.

Even better, discuss the potential risks and benefits of these products with your physician or pharmacist.


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