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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Extended use of Lo/Ovral may cause deficiencies in folic acid, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins B2, B6, B12, and C. Supplementation may be beneficial with long term use of the drug.1
• Lo/Ovral may cause levels of vitamin E, vitamin A, and calcium to increase. Discuss these dietary considerations, related to nutrient increases, with your physician or pharmacist.2
• Limit caffeine intake. Hormonal contraceptive agents may increase the effect of caffeine.3
• The following herbs possess antidiabetic properties that may be decreased if oral contraceptives are used in combination with them: Dandelion, Juniper, Nettle, and Onion plant.4
• The following herbs may be hormonally active and could disturb the action of Lo/Ovral: Agnus Castus (Vitex), Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Ginseng, Horseradish, Motherwort, Pleurisy Root, Red Clover, Red Sage, Saw Palmetto, Vervain, Wild Carrot and Wild Yam. Consult your pharmacist for more information.5
• Avoid cola, cocoa, guarana and mate with oral contraceptives due to their caffeine content.6
References1 Van Nostrand Reinhold: Oral contraceptives and nutrient interactions, 1988:38.
1 Lindenbaum J, Whitehead N, Reyner F. Oral contraceptive hormones, folate metabolism, and the cervical epithelium. Am J Clin Nutr 1975;28:346-53.
1 Frassinelli-Gunderson EP, Margen S, Brown JR. Iron stores in users of oral contraceptive agents. Am J Clin Nutr 1985;41(4):703.
1 Adams PW, Wynn V, Rose DP, et al. Effect of pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6) upon depression associated with oral contraception. Lancet 1973;I:897-904.
1 Wynn V. Vitamins and oral contraceptive use. Lancet 1975;1:561-64.
1 Holt GA. Food & Drug Interaction. Chicago: Precept Press, 1998, 197-98.
1 Werbach MR. Foundations of Nutritional Medicine. Tarzana, CA: Third Line Press, 1997, 210-11 [review].
1 Kornberg A, Segal R, Theitler J, et al: Folic acid deficiency, megaloblastic anemia and peripheral polyneuropathy due to oral contraceptives, Isr J Med Sci, 1989, 25 (3): 142-5.
1 Harper JM, Levine AJ, Rosenthal DL, et al: Erythrocyte folate levels, oral contraceptive use and abnormal cervical cytology, Acta Cytol, 1994, 38 (3): 324-30.
1 Blum M, Kitai E, Ariel Y, Et Al: Oral Contraceptive Lowers Serum Magnesium, Harefuah, 1991, 121 (10):363-4.
1 Seelig Ms, Interrelationship Of Magnesium And Estrogen In Cardiovascular And Bone Disorders, Eclampsia, Migraine, And Premenstrual Syndrome, J Am Coll Nutr, 1993, 12(4):442-58.
1 Webb JL, Nutritional effects of oral contraceptive use, a review, J Reprod Med, 1980, 25 (4): 150-6.
1 Prasad AS, Lei KY, Moghissi KS, et al: Effect of oral contraceptives on nutrients III--Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid, Am J Obstet Gynecol, 1976, 125(8):1063-9.
1 Bhagavan HN, Brin M: Drug-Vitamin B6 Interaction, Curr Concepts Nutr, 1983, 12:1-12.
1 Kishi H, Kishi T, Williams RH, et al: Deficiency of vitamin B6 in women taking contraceptive formulations, Res Commun Chem Pathol Pharmacol, 1997, 17(2):283-93.
1 Rivers JM: Oral contraceptives and ascorbic acid, Am J Clin Nutr, 1975, 28(5):550-4.
1 Weininger J, King JC: Effect of oral contraceptive agents on ascorbic acid metabolism in the rhesus monkey, Am J Clin Nutr, 1982, 35(6):1408-16.
1 Muneyvirci-Delale O, Nacharaju VL, Altura BM, et al: Sex steroid hormones modulate serum ionized magnesium and calcium levels throughout the menstrual cycle in women, Gertil Steril, 1998, 69(5):958-62.
2 Pronsky, ZM: Food-Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Werbach MR. Foundations of Nutritional Medicine. Tarzana, CA: Third Line Press, 1997, 210-11[review].
2 Wynn V. Vitamins and oral contraceptive use. Lancet 1975;1:561-64.
3 Graedon J, Graedon, T: The People’s Guide to Deadly Drug Interactions, 1995, p. 133.
3 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
5 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
5 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
6 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
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