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Turmeric's medication contraindications
March 24, 2017
If you enjoy Asian food, you probably have a taste for turmeric. The spice is the main ingredient in Curry. It's also used in mustards, cheeses, and in some medication.
This spice is a popular choice for home remedies because it aids in digestion, eases pain and acts as an anti-inflammatory. The anti-inflammatory property makes this spice a popular additive in medications for arthritis and gout, according to WebMD. Other popular uses for turmeric include headache relief, cold relief, fever reduction, memory aid and relief from urinary tract infections.
Despite its popular use in home remedies, turmeric can actually be dangerous for some individuals. The spice can interact with some medications make them less effective. Drugs.com reports that there are more than 70 drugs that interact with turmeric.
Medications that may interact with turmeric
If you are taking any of the following medications, you should avoid using turmeric in your food and/or home remedies. University of Maryland Medical Center recommends speaking to your doctor before consuming turmeric if you take any of the following:
Blood thinners: Turmeric can increase the effects of these drugs, making the patient more susceptible to bleeding. (Aspirin, warfarin, coumadin etc.)
Heartburn/Stomach acid medication: Turmeric increases the production of certain acids in the body. This can reduce the effectiveness of certain medications. (Pepcid, Zantac, Nexium, Omeprazole).
Diabetes Medications: Ingesting turmeric could make the effects of some diabetes medications stronger, increasing the risk of low blood sugar.
Always talk to your doctor before using spices and oils for medicinal purposes if you have existing medical conditions or take medication.