Medications / Interactions

It is not always easy to find complete advice and guidance when looking into alternative therapies. There are a few reasons for this - mainly governing bodies.

Firstly, the MHRA and VMD are entrusted with ensuring the medical security and safety for humans and animals. Only registered medicines can be granted with something called a marketing authorisation, which allows the marketing of a product for its medicinal benefits. There is a stringent process to be authorised with a MA, and clinical trials is just the start. The MHRA and VMD have MA's in place to protect the general public from un-tested and un-trialled products landing in the market - which could prove dangerous or indeed fatal if not correctly used or if the interactions with prescribed medications were not understood. 

We are putting together a database that you can use to check prescribed and over the counter medications against.
This list is not exhaustive, and in ALL cases, we ask that you speak to your healthcare provider, or that of your pet / animal.

Please make sure you have disclosed any medications to us. We are happy to step aside to have a conversation with you, and carry professional indemnity insurance to do so, alternatively you can call us or email us to discuss at a later date. You can also speak to your healthcare provider for more information.

Antibiotics:  Turmeric is generally safe with most antibiotics, except fluoroquinolone classified (Ciprofloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, ofloxacinef, enrofloxacin) as it may reduce their antimicrobial efficacy.

Anti-Depressants(SSRI):  When using turmeric and anti-depressants including Citalopram, Prozac and Amitriptyline, the user could end up with higher than expected levels of serotonin and medication in the blood stream. This could be potentially dangerous, please speak to your Doctor.

Blood Pressure:  Turmeric studies show that it can have a blood pressure lowering effect, if you are on medication you may need to adjust the dose, and if you already have low blood pressure then turmeric is not likely to be suitable.

Blood Thinners: If you are having your levels checked regularly, please discuss using turmeric with us or your INR nurse. If you are not having regular checks then turmeric is not suitable for use as it is a mild anti-coagulant (slows blood clotting times).

Chemotherapy:Whilst some chemotherapy medications can be enhanced by using turmeric, others could be potentially dangerous. Please speak to us or your Oncologist before starting turmeric supplements. This includes chemotherapy use for autoimmune conditions and arthritis.

Diabetes:Turmeric has been shown in some studies to lower insulin resistance. As long as you monitor your blood glucose levels regularly and adjust insulin accordingly, turmeric should be safe, but please consult you health care provider prior to use.

Narcotics:  Piperine, in black pepper, may slow the metabolism of narcotics in your blood stream. This means you could have a higher than anticipated level in your system, and any potential side effects from the narcotics would be increased.

Radiotherapy: Turmeric is safe to continue when having exploratory treatment such as an x-ray, but should not be taken when undergoing any radiotherapy treatment. Turmeric can interfere with the radiation as it has shown to be protective against radiation damage.

Seizure Medication: Again, the piperine, in black pepper, may cause higher than expected levels of medications in the blood stream increasing any potential side effects. Please speak to your Doctor prior to turmeric use. Examples of seizure medication: phenytoin (Dilantin) and benzodiazepines like valium, midazolam, Ativan, serax.


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Updated 5th February 2019

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