Proceed with caution
Image Point Fr/Shutterstock Any herbal supplement or remedy could potentially cause liver or kidney failure or have dangerous interactions with other medications you may be taking. That’s why Ehsan Ali, MD, also known as The Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, recommends you ask your doctor before popping any herbal pill or natural cure. “All patients of all ages check with their doctor first about what home remedy they want to try. Better safe than sorry!” He warns all his patients that many herbal supplements are not tested by the FDA and may have many potential risks and side effects.
St John’s Wort
AS Food studio/Shutterstock This herb is touted as a treatment for depression, but comprehensive studies are lacking. Dangers can arise when patients are already taking other medications. There have been incidents of St John’s Wort interrupting the effectiveness of contraceptives like birth control pills and leading to unintended pregnancies. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health warns that St John’s Wort can interfere with many medications, including anti-rejection drugs after organ transplants and warns, “It has been clearly shown that St. John’s wort can interact in dangerous, sometimes life-threatening ways with a variety of medicines.” Here are 17 more medication mistakes that could make you sick.