Corpus ID: 43292103

Do herbs increase the risk of herb-drug interactions for patients with arthritis?

  title={Do herbs increase the risk of herb-drug interactions for patients with arthritis?},
  author={Michael Thomsen and M. Schmidt and L. Vitetta and Avni Sali},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  volume={64 10},
          1527; author reply 1528
In a recent article by Holden and colleagues, echinacea and other herbs are identified as dangerous for patients taking arthritis drugs.1 Is there evidence to support this claim? The article states that devil’s claw, ginkgo, and garlic may have antiplatelet or anticoagulant effects, potentially exacerbating the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids. No direct evidence supports these claims. A review of the references indicates that only… Expand

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