If you are being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use alpha-linolenic acid without first talking to your health care provider.
Blood-thinning Medications -- Omega-3 fatty acids may increase the blood-thinning effects of warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, or other blood-thinning medications, leading to the risk of increased bleeding. They should only be taken together under your doctor's supervision.
Cholesterol-lowering Medications -- Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet may help a group of cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins work more effectively. Statins include:
- Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
- Fluvastatin (Lescol)
- Lovastatin (Mevacor)
- Simvastatin (Zocor)
- Pravastatin (Pravachol)
Drug Interactions:Blood-thinning MedicationsCholesterol-lowering MedicationsCyclosporineNonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
ALA; Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)
- Reviewed last on: 6/25/2007
- Steven D. Ehrlich, N.M.D., private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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