Devil's Claw: Benefits and Side-effects
Side Effects and Interactions
Devil’s claw appears to be safe when taken in doses up to 2,610 mg daily, though long-term effects have not been investigated.Reported side effects are mild, the most common being diarrhea. Rarer adverse effects include allergic reactions, headache and coughing.
However, some conditions may put you at a higher risk for more serious reactions.
- Heart disorders: Studies have indicated that devil’s claw can affect heart rate, heartbeat and blood pressure.
- Diabetes: Devil’s claw may reduce blood sugar levels and intensify the effects of diabetes medications.
- Gallstones: Use of devil’s claw may increase the formation of bile and make problems worse for those with gallstones.
- Stomach ulcers: Production of acid in the stomach can increase with the use of devil’s claw, which may aggravate peptic ulcers.
Common medications may also negatively interact with devil’s claw, including prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), blood thinners and stomach acid reducers :
- NSAIDs: Devil’s claw may slow the absorption of popular NSAIDs, such as Motrin, Celebrex, Feldene and Voltaren.
- Blood thinners: Devil’s claw may enhance the effects of Coumadin (also known as warfarin), which may lead to increased bleeding and bruising.
- Stomach acid reducers: Devil’s claw may decrease the effects of stomach acid reducers, such as Pepcid, Prilosec and Prevacid.
This is not an all-inclusive list of medication interactions. To be on the safe side, always discuss your use of supplements with your doctor.
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