gotu kola (generic name)

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Interactions with Drugs

In theory, gotu kola may increase the amount of drowsiness caused by sedating drugs. Examples include benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan®); barbiturates such as phenobarbital; narcotics such as codeine; and alcohol. Caution is advised while driving or operating heavy machinery.

In animals, gotu kola can raise blood sugar levels. Patients taking medications for diabetes or using insulin should be monitored closely by a qualified health care professional while using gotu kola. Dosing adjustments may be necessary.

In theory, gotu kola may increase cholesterol levels and may work against the activity of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Although not well studied in humans, gotu kola may also interact with drugs taken for Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, or cancer. Gotu kola may have anti inflammatory, antibacterial or antiviral effects. Caution is advised when taking gotu kola with other medications that have similar effects. Gotu kola may also interact with drugs that relax and dilate the blood vessels, allowing increased blood flow (vasodilators).

Gotu kola may also interact with the way other drugs are broken down by the liver. It may also cause liver damage. Consult a qualified healthcare professional including a pharmacist, to check for interactions.

Gotu kola may have a positive interaction when taken with diuretics (water pills) or hormones.

Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements

In theory, gotu kola may increase the amount of drowsiness caused by some herbs or supplements. Caution is advised while driving or operating heavy machinery.

Although not well studied in humans, gotu kola may raise blood sugar and may therefore counteract the effects of products that lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using herbs or supplements that may also lower blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may require monitoring, and doses may need adjustment.

Studies in animals suggest that gotu kola may increase cholesterol levels. It may therefore interfere with the effectiveness of lipid-lowering agents such as fish oil, garlic, or niacin.

Although not well studied in humans, gotu kola may also interact with drugs taken for Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, or cancer. Gotu kola may have anti inflammatory, antibacterial antioxidant or antiviral effects. Caution is advised when taking gotu kola with other medications that have similar effects. Gotu kola may also interact with drugs that relax and dilate the blood vessels, allowing increased blood flow (vasodilators).

Gotu kola may also interact with the way other drugs are broken down by the liver. It may also increase the risk of liver damage when used with other liver damaging herbs or supplements. Consult a qualified healthcare professional including a pharmacist, to check for interactions.

Although not well studied in humans, gotu kola may have a positive interaction when taken with diuretics (water pills). It may also have a positive interaction with herbs and supplements with hormonal effects.

Gotu kola may have additive affects when taken concomitantly with herbs that stimulate the immune system, such as astragalus, ginger, goldenseal, or propolis. Gotu kola may have additive effects when taken with herbs and supplements that increase blood flow, such as aconite, black cohosh, fenugreek, or garlic.

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