Scotch Broom

Are there any interactions with medications?



Haloperidol (Haldol)
Interaction Rating: Major Do not take this combination.

The body breaks down Scotch broom to get rid of it. Haloperidol (Haldol) seems to decrease the breakdown of Scotch broom. Taking Scotch broom along with haloperidol (Haldol) might increase the risk of serious side effects of Scotch broom. Do not take Scotch broom if you are taking haloperidol (Haldol).



Medications for depression (MAOIs)
Interaction Rating: Major Do not take this combination.

Scotch broom contains a chemical called tyramine. Large amounts of tyramine can cause high blood pressure. But the body naturally breaks down tyramine to get rid of it. This usually prevents the tyramine from causing high blood pressure. Some medications used for depression called MAOIs stop the body from breaking down tyramine. This can cause there to be too much tyramine and lead to dangerously high blood pressure.

Some of these medications used for depression include phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), and others.



Quinidine
Interaction Rating: Major Do not take this combination.

The body breaks down Scotch broom to get rid of it. Quinidine seems to decrease the breakdown of Scotch broom. Taking Scotch broom along with quinidine might increase the risk of serious side effects of Scotch broom. Do not take Scotch broom if you are taking quinidine.



Lithium
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Scotch broom might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking Scotch broom might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Dosing considerations for Scotch Broom.

The appropriate dose of Scotch broom depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Scotch broom. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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