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A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: Improve Your Health and Avoid Side Effects When Using Common Medications and Natural Supplements Together [Paperback]

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February 28, 2006 0307336646 978-0307336644 2 Rev Exp
Know the Side Effects and Protect Your Health

If you’re among the millions of people taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as vitamins and natural medicines, you need to know which combinations are potentially helpful and which can be extremely dangerous. The A–Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions is an essential resource to understanding the interactions that may affect your health.

From the experts at Healthnotes, this revised and updated edition contains the newest information on thousands of drugs and supplements, based on studies published in the leading medical journals. Reliable and easy to use, this book is sure to become a trusted reference in your home.


Find out about:

• Drugs that can deplete your body’s nutrients

• Supplements that can interfere with drug absorption

• Side effects of common drug-herb-vitamin combinations

• Supplements that can help your prescriptions work better

• Combinations that should never be taken together

• With a foreword by Dr. Bob Arnot

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Editorial Reviews


“This comprehensive review of drug-nutrient interactions—by far the most exhaustive of its kind—is an invaluable tool for consumers and professionals, integrating the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine.”—Julian Whitaker, M.D., editor of Health & Healing newsletter

“An essential resource.”—Joe Graedon, M.S., author of The People’s Pharmacy

About the Author

Steve Austin, N.D., is a licensed naturopathic physician and Professor of Nutrition at National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Alan R. Gaby, M.D., an expert in nutritional therapies and the current endowed professor of nutrition at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, is the author of several books, including The Doctor's Guide to Vitamin B6 and Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Donald J. Brown, N.D., is a phytotherapy specialist, the founder and director of Natural Product Research Consultants Inc., and has served as an adviser to the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. He lives in Seattle, Washington. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 2 Rev Exp edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307336646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307336644
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" Reference for Patients and Doctors. March 24, 2000
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The editors and authors of this HealthNotes publication have presented the most up-to-date information in an easy to read format without compromising scientific judgement. In the information world of alternative medicine, it is all to easy for conventional medical texts to react out of fear by recommending "extreme caution" for just about any prescription or possible nutrient/herbal interaction. "The A-Z Guide..." does a tremendous job of integrating insights of physicians form several different disciplines (the book is written by an MD, ND, and DC, et. al.), which provides the reader with a diverse and thorough scientific review of known and suspected interactions. I have personally found this book extremely helpful in the waiting room and on my desk as a quick refernce.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Today's Health Consumer March 31, 2000
The authors of this book have made a significant contribution to the resources available for today's health consumer. By providing this current, well-organized and useful "guide" they are helping those of us trying to protect or improve our own health, and those of us facilitating others in doing that, tremendously! Their research is thorough and and unbiased - I highly recommend it.
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75 of 86 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great. December 5, 2002
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There's a lot of good information in this book but I would not recommend it as a reference.

First of all, it isn't totable: it's format makes it a clunker. It's 8 1/2 by 11" and its page format is such that the book could have been printed with half the paper. The added appendices are pretty useless considering the main A to Z section entries pretty much tell you exactly the same thing.
Second of all, the formatting is inconsistent; adding question to your inquiry. Did they make this entry as complete as they did that one?
I very much prefer Meletis/Jacobs' and Brinker's books to this one. For intuitiveness and extensive cross-referencing, Meletis/Jacobs' wins hands down.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and Comprehensive October 20, 2004
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The book is large but set out in a series of straightforward sections: the first one on drugs themselves (under generic names - useful if you're British !) with each entry having a general paragraph on the drug (or group of drugs) but then goes onto talk of how it/they interact with herbs and vitamins whether helpful and unhelpful interactions.

There is then a large section on the vitamin, mineral or herbal supplements simply showing which drugs they interact with. The final two sections appear to be for medical professionals only as one is listing the drugs by pharmacist classification and one is a 'book/article source listing' giving the medical sources about each of the drugs.

I'd never realised it wasn't a good idea to take a codeine pain killer compound with tea before - the tannins inhibit the uptake of the drug ! Very interesting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not current enough for me. July 12, 2007
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I am taking a medication that isn't BRAND new to the market but isn't by any means OLD either. It has been released within the last 4 years. I was hoping it would be in this book as I am also taking herbal supplements, but it wasn't. There were other drugs that were supposed to be for the same conditions, but since they are different chemicals the interactions were potentially different, so I didn't find this helpful.

That said, there are plenty of maintstream medications like antibiotics, etc. included in this book so it might be helpful to some folks. I just think that drugs, like computers, change so quickly that books like this can't cover everything. I am on the fence with my recommendation on this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be safe with supplements February 20, 2007
By Myrtle
I purchased this book as I have fibromyalgia and wanted to try some alternative therapies, and ensure their safety with my prescription medications. I feel that it is an excellent guide for that, and actually is quite useful as a simplified prescription medication guide. It is easy to use, easy to understand, and does a great job of listing and describing medication/herbal/vitamin/supplement interactions. I purchased one for my parents, and my sister purchased one as well. Very useful book if you take any medications and any other type of supplement.

Includes just about every medication available, with the exception of those released after its publication.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference book July 21, 2008
The "A-Z" Guide is an essential reference book for anyone who take supplements (vitamins, minerals, or herbs) and also takes medication of any kind--whether over-the-counter or prescription.

This is a comprehensive and very easy-to-use reference guide. You can look up either the medicine or the supplement and found out whether there are any known interactions--positive or negative.

Sometimes the Guide recommends supplements to take along with the medication because the drug either depletes a nutrient (e.g. Lipitor and Coenzyme Q10) or reduces a drug's side effects (e.g. Zoloft and Ginkgo). At other times you shouldn't take the drug and the supplement together because.

Thousands and thousands of well-referenced interactions are included in this valuable book.

NOTE: Some of the earlier reviews of this book refer to the first edition. They cite some legitimate concerns--which appear to have been remedied in the 2nd Edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Each Family should have this book. March 27, 2009
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There are many interactions between medicines, medicines & herbs, and herbs. Even doctors are not aware of them all. A responsible person should be aware. All families should have this book, or one like it, if there are any medicines, supplements, herbs, or vitamins being taken in the home. Examples: St. John's Wort-the sun should be avoided. Valerian should not be taken with pharmaceuticals for the depression, sleep, or nervous conditions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wakeup Call to Better Health
A very thorough reference guide to drug-herb-vitamin interactions. You need to know this stuff to stay healthy. Read more
Published 12 days ago by wayzlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Book!
Everyone who takes any herbs or medications at all needs this book. It is easy to use and very complete in its listings, taking only a few minutes to check what you are taking... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donna Hudspeth
5.0 out of 5 stars A good source for health conscious people.
If you are taking RX drugs and wanting to try alternative supplements you need to know how they may interact with your drugs. This is a good source to start with. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A.. Buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
This book is ok for the purpose of the book. I don't have anything bad to say about it. But It was not quite what I was looking for.
Published 4 months ago by Ericka Gregg
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I am so happy to have this book! This is something that I have wondered about for quite a while. Now it is so easy to look up and have the answer in just a few minutes! Read more
Published 5 months ago by JBinTN
5.0 out of 5 stars Resource
Quick way to look up drug interactions for patient information. I have patients taking prescription medications and many other supplements.
Published 11 months ago by Cynthia H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not complete enough for me
I am glad that there is such a reference as the A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions, but I would like to find something with more entries. Read more
Published 13 months ago by schericane
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Herbalists
Excellent Desk Reference for health care practitioners, especially herbalists, doctors, and nurses. Clean and Clear. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick refernce tool
I take several prescription medications, and also vitamins, and supplements. Being a retired nurse I know that herbal supplements and vitamins can have major interactions with each... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kathleen Waryas
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great book, I would recommend to anyone in Dental Hygiene School. Very helpful and a lot of great information. Best purchase.
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