Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• There may be an increased requirement for vitamins B12 and folic acid with high doses of the drug.1
• Avoid taking iron supplements with methyldopa, iron decreases absorption of the drug.2
• Avoid alcohol.3
• Co-Q-10 may become deficient with long term methyldopa use.4
• Avoid natural licorice with methyldopa, because it may cause hypertension.5
References1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
1 Holt GA. Food & Drug Interactions. Chicago: Precept Press, 1998, 74.
2 McKevoy GK, ed. AHFS Drug Information. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 1998
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Campbell NR and Hasinoff BB. Iron supplements: A common cause of drug interactions. Br J Clin Pharmacol 31: 251-255, 1991.
3 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
4 Kishi H, et al. Bioenergetics in clinical medicine. III. Inhibition of coenzyme Q10-enzymes by clinically used anti-hypertensive drugs. Res Commun Chem Pathol Pharmacol 12(3): 533-540, 1975
5 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
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