We all know how healthy turmeric is. It’s one of the healthiest ingredients on the Planet. It contains the active compound curcumin which provides incredible anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic, and anti-carcinogenic properties.
That’s why people use it to treat a lot of ailments and conditions, sometimes in combination with medications. However, according to one research published by the University Of Maryland Medical Center, turmeric can cause certain side effects if taken along with certain drugs.
The same properties which make it beneficial might become dangerous when combined with specific drugs.
Here are the drugs that can cause side effects if combined with turmeric.
Medications That Shouldn’t Be Taken Along with Turmeric
As we mentioned, turmeric has anti-thrombotic properties which help reduces blood clots. So, if you take it while on blood-thinning medications, you will strengthen their effects and raise the risk of bleeding.
Some blood-thinning drugs include the following:
- Clopidogrel (Plavix)
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
2. Medications Which Reduce Stomach Acid
Turmeric can increase the production of stomach acid when taken in combination with these medicines. Therefore, it can lead to bloating, nausea, and stomachache. In some cases, it can even lead to esophagus (food pipe) damage.
There are 2 classes of pharmaceutical acid reducers, and according to the research, they both can have an interaction with turmeric. As a result, the stomach acid production is increased.
The first class of drugs which reduce stomach acid is the proton pump inhibitors, which include the following:
- Omeprazole (Prilosec, Losec)
- Esomeprazole (Nexium)
- Rabeprazole (Aciphex)
- Pantoprazole (Protonix)
- Lansoprazole (Prevacid)
- Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant)
The second group of acid reducers is the H2 blockers which include the following drugs:
- Ranitidine (Zantac)
- Cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Nizatidine (Axid)
- Famotidine (Pepcid)
3. Diabetes Medications
If you take turmeric while taking diabetes medications, you are increasing the risk of developing hypoglycemia. That’s because turmeric strengthens the effects of blood sugar-reducing drugs, so you may end up with dangerously low blood sugar levels.
Some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia in people with diabetes include anxiety, shakiness, blurred vision, moodiness, irritability, sweating, and unconsciousness.
Nevertheless, turmeric can cause allergic reactions when taken with other medications as well. Therefore, if you’re on any medications, pay attention to allergy symptoms like shortness of breath, rashes, and anaphylaxis.
In such cases, it’s best to stop taking turmeric, at least until you finish your therapy.
Precautions & Warnings
You should be careful when taking turmeric while in some of the following conditions:
Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding – Turmeric could stimulate the uterus and promote menstrual bleeding. Therefore, avoid it during pregnancy. Even though there’s no sufficient evidence, researchers recommend avoiding it while breastfeeding as well.
Gallbladder Problems – Turmeric can induce gallbladder contractions, so it’s best to avoid it if you already have gallstones. On the other hand, studies say it does help prevent the formation of gallstones.
Hormone-Sensitive Conditions – Curcumin, the active compound of turmeric, can act as estrogen. Therefore, it can worsen hormone-sensitive conditions, such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovaria cancer, uterine cancer, and breast cancer.
Iron Deficiency – It’s true that this herb contains iron, but it’s also rich in the plant compounds tannins and flavonoids. According to theories, these compounds can bind to iron molecules, thus blocking their absorption.
Although turmeric can cause some side effects when taken with certain drugs, you shouldn’t exclude it from your diet if you’re not on medications, or take drugs other than those mentioned above.
You shouldn’t forget about its extraordinary health benefits such as lower risk of heart disease, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s, treatment of arthritis, delayed aging process, improved brain function, treatment of depression, and supported weight loss.