If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use turmeric or curcumin in medicinal forms without first talking to your health care provider.
Blood-thinning medications -- Tumeric may make the effects of these drugs stronger, raising the risk of bleeding. Blood-thinners include warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), and aspirin, among others.
Drugs that reduce stomach acid -- Turmeric may interfere with the action of these drugs, increasing the production of stomach acid:
- Cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Famotidine (Pepcid)
- Ranitidine (Zantac)
- Esomeprazole (Nexium)
- Lansoprazole (Prevacid)
Drugs for diabetes (that lower blood sugar) -- Turmeric may make the effects of these drugs stronger, increasing the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Drug Interactions:Blood-thinning MedicationsNonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Curcuma longa; Turmeric
- Reviewed last on: 1/4/2012
- 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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