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Supplements aren't regulated by the federal government the way medications are, so it's buyer beware. According to a study, while some come with health benefits, others may be a danger. Here are some reported side effects and drug interactions of five common supplements.

Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Supplement Warnings and Interactions
Saint-John's-wort Interacts with many medications, including antidepressants, birth control pills, digoxin, ciclosporine, warfarin, anti-seizure drugs, and HIV medications.
Echinacea May cause allergic reactions, such as rash, increased asthma, anaphylaxis (a life-threatening reaction), and gastrointestinal side effects.
Garlic Can thin the blood as aspirin does, which may be problematic before and after surgery. Interferes with the HIV medication saquinavir.
Asian ginseng May lower blood glucose levels. May cause irregular menstruation and high blood pressure.
Ginkgo May increase bleeding risk, so people taking anticoagulants, those with bleeding disorders, or those going into surgery shouldn't take it without a doctor's guidance. Raw ginkgo seeds may cause an allergic reaction ending in seizures or death.



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