Toxicity and drug interactions associated with herbal products: Ephedra and St. John's Wort

Christopher P. Holstege, Kara Mitchell, Kevin Barlotta, R. Brent Furbee

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Abstract

Health care providers are being increasingly confronted with the use of herbal medications by their patients. It is imperative that patients be questioned regarding herbal preparation use and that health care providers become familiar with these agents. Research into the active components and mechanisms of action of various herbals is ongoing [350]. Long-range studies need to be performed to follow patients for efficacy or toxicity in chronic use [351,352]. Adverse reactions to herbal remedies should be reported to the FDA MedWatch at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch. As with any therapeutic agent, risk of use must always be weighed against potential benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1225-1257
Number of pages33
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Volume89
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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