Turmeric is a very useful spice that is used in curry and other such spices. It is known for its bright yellow colour and use as an alternative but effective medicine for the treatment of several ailments.
However, because turmeric is so potent it can have an adverse effect to people who use it with other medications.
Turmeric Is An Ancient Herb
Originating from India more than 4,000 years ago it was used as a ceremonial body paint, culinary spice and in the treatment of ailments.
Turmeric’s active compound is curcumin which is an excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic, anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties.
It is these benefits that tempt people to use this herb with other conventional medications in the treatment of illnesses.
But taking turmeric with other drugs offering similar properties can lead to an overdose of curcumin in the body and harsh side effects.
What Are The Side Effects Of Turmeric?
– Turmeric is an anti-thrombotic and it will reduce blood clots so when combined with blood thinning drugs it can be dangerous. As it will boost the effects of the blood thinning medications and increase your risk of bleeding. Avoid combining turmeric with clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin.
– Turmeric also reacts to drugs used to reduce stomach acid, if combined with these drugs then your stomach acid would be increased and this will lead to nausea, bloating, esophagus and stomach pain. Avoid taking turmeric with Cimetidine (Tagamet), Omeprazole, Famotidine (Pepcid) and Ranitidine (Zantac).
– Avoid taking turmeric with drugs used to reduce blood sugar in treating diabetes. Turmeric will raise the diabetes drugs effect and raise the risk of low blood sugar. Side effects include; shakiness, delirium, anxiety, decreased cognitive function and blurred vision.
– Turmeric can also cause allergic reactions such as hives, shortness of breath and rashes. Desist from taking turmeric if you notice any allergic reaction when you take it along with other medications.