Cardiovascular Concern: Drug Interactions

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Most people know there can be side effects from drugs, but they don’t realize that medications can interact with other medications, supplements, and even food. These interactions can drain vital nutrients from your body and counteract the healing powers of the drugs. As you deal with heart risk factors, including age, your nervous system becomes more sensitive, and you are more prone to developing side effects. The more medications you take, the more likely it is that adverse reactions will occur.

If you’re like many people dealing with cardiovascular problems, you may see a number of different specialists and holistic health practitioners. Please be sure to tell each one of them every drug you take.

This is mportant because they can unknowingly prescribe medications that interact adversely with something you’re already taking. Keep a list of all your drugs and supplements, and take it with you to every doctor’s appointment.

I write a lot about and prescribe CoQ10 to many of my patients. And I know that there are several drugs can interfere with CoQ10-dependent enzymes, lowering its concentration in the body. These include prescription drugs prescribed to help you maintain healthy cholesterol, as well as popular beta blockers.

Talking to your doctor and holistic health practitioner about your medications is vital to your ongoing good health.

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