Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Drink adequate amounts of fluids.1
• The use of alcohol should be avoided when taking antihistamines.2
• Antihistamines may increase sedative actions of the herbs: calamus, calendula, chamomile, California poppy, catnip, couch grass, elecampane, ginseng Siberian, goldenseal, gotu kola, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lemon balm, sage, St. John's wort, sassafras, scullcap, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, valerian, withania root, and yerba mansa.3
References1 Pronsky, ZM, et al: Food-Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999.
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996:21,45,63,282.
3 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
3 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
3 The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
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