Black Currant (generic name)

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Black currant seed oil may have antibacterial activity; use cautiously with antibiotics and anti-ulcer medications.

Black currant may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with drugs that increase the risk of bleeding, such as warfarin (Coumadin®), clopidogrel (Plavix®), aspirin (Bayer®, Ecotrin®, St John®), enoxaparin (Lovenox®), and dalteparin (Fragmin®).

Black currant may alter blood pressure; use cautiously with blood pressure medications due to possible additive effects.

Black currant may have antioxidant effects. Patients taking other antioxidants should use black currant with caution.

Black currant may have monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) effects. Use cautiously with anti-depressant medications, such as MAOIs, due to possible additive effects.

Black currant may interact with anti-viral agents. Consult a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, to check for interactions.

Black currant seed oil may have immune-enhancing effects in the elderly, and should be used cautiously with other agents that affect the immune system.

Black currant may interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS) and COX-2 inhibitors; use cautiously.

Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements

Black currant may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with herbs and supplements that are believed to increase the risk of bleeding. Multiple cases of bleeding have been reported with the use of Ginkgo biloba, and fewer cases with garlic and saw palmetto.

Black currant may have monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) effects. Use cautiously with herbs and supplements with antidepressant activity.

Black currant may interact with anti-inflammatory herbs and supplements; use cautiously due to possible additive effects.

Black currant anthocyanins have antioxidant effects and caution is advised when taking black currant with other agents with antioxidant effects.

Black currant may interact with anti-viral agents. Consult a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, to check for interactions.

Blackcurrant seed oil (BSO), a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid, may alter blood pressure. Use cautiously in herbs and supplements that may also alter blood pressure, due to possible additive effects.

Black currant seed oil may have immune-enhancing effects in the elderly, and should be used cautiously with other agents that affect the immune system.

Black currant fruit and juice contain rutin and other flavonoids. The flavonoids found in black currant belong to one of two classes: the anthocyanin class or the proanthocyanidin class. Caution is advised when taking black currant with other herbs or supplements containing these flavonoids due to additive effects.

Black currant fruit has a high vitamin C content. Use cautiously with other vitamin C supplements or multivitamin preparations.

Attribution

This information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature, and was peer-reviewed and edited by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com): Rebecca Bramwell, PharmD (Northeastern University); Ashley Brigham, PharmD (Northeastern University); J. Kathryn Bryan, BA (University of Virginia); Gary Deng, MD, PhD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center); Jamie Hegarty, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Nicole Giese, MS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); April Reynolds, MS (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia); Shaina Tanguay-Colucci, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Kenneth Triptow, PharmD (Drake University); Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD (Massachusetts General Hospital); Wendy Weissner, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration).

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