Medications And Supplements You Shouldn’t Be Taking Together

Also known as “female ginseng,” dong quai is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help women with health problems connected to their reproductive system (via Mount Sinai). Now, in the interest of giving a full picture, there is a lack of scientific studies to support dong quai’s impact on issues like PMS, an irregular period, or the symptoms of menopause. With that said, practitioners of TCM commonly recommend this supplement for women experiencing painful menstruations. And it’s dong quai’s potential impact on the female body that might lead to a drug interaction.

As Mount Sinai’s website explains, a woman taking a hormone medication such as birth control pills, or hormone medications like estrogen or progesterone, might want to think twice about taking dong quai. This is because there are concerns that it could have a similar impact on a woman’s body as estrogen, though more research is needed to confirm this potential interaction. If it is, in fact, the case, then a hormone medication on top of dong quai could give someone too high a dose of estrogen, which can cause unpleasant symptoms including bloating, mood swings or anxiety attacks, fatigue, weight gain, and hair loss, among others (via Healthline).

In addition to hormone medications, the Mount Sinai website says dong quai can also increase your chances of bleeding if you take it with a blood thinner. Plus, combining it with another supplement on this list, St. John’s wort, might lead to a greater sensitivity to the sun’s rays.

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