Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• The use of alcohol should be avoided. It can intensify the effects of Propoxyphene.1
• N-acetyl cysteine may protect against liver damage caused by acetaminophen overdose. Long term use of this medication may cause liver problems. Discuss supplementation with a pharmacist or physician.2
• Over 3 grams of vitamin C can reduce acetaminophen clearance.3
• Foods high in carbohydrates, pectin and vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, etc. can interfere with acetaminophen absorption.4
• Herbs with sedative properties may intensify the effects of this drug, and should not be used at the same time. These herbs include: 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.5
References1 Graedon J, Graedon T: The People’s Guide to Deadly Drug Interactions, 1995, 234.
1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Vale JA, Proudfoot AT. Paracetamol (acetaminophen) poisoning. Lancet 1995;346:547-52
3 Houston JB, Levy G. Drug biotransformation interactions in man. VI: Acetaminophen and ascorbic acid. J Pharm Sci 1976;65:121-21.
4 Holt GA. Food & Drug Interactions. Chicago: Precept Press, 1998, 2.
5 Brinker, Francis: Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
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