Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Take with food. A meal high in fat can reduce the rate but not the extent of metabolism of the drug.1
• Avoid alcohol.2
• Herbs with sedative properties like: Calamus, Calendula, California poppy, Catnip, Couch grass, Elecampane, Chamomile (German), Hops, Jamaican dogwood, Kava, Lemon balm, Sage, St. John's wort, Sassafras, Scullcap, Shepherd's purse, Stinging nettle, Valerian, Withania, and Yerba mansa may increase the risk of CNS side effects of gabitril. It may be advisable to avoid these in combination.3
• These herbs may increase the risk of seizures: Borage, Evening Primrose Oil, and Sage.4
References1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
3 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
3 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
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