Hello during tx I would not take anything other than a multi vitamin without iron. Other than that I would want to concentrate on the tx. What would you be taking the **** quai for? Just curious, please ask questions you may have, people will be more than willing to help you out. Good luck D
"**** quai should not be combined with pharmaceutical drugs or other herbs and dietary supplements.
It has yet to be proven whether or not the herb interferes with the effects of oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.
Due to anticoagulant (blood thinning) properties, **** quai may increase the risk of bleeding and should not be used at the same time as other blood thinning drugs including aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin) or heparin. Similarly, do not use **** quai if taking anti-platelet drugs such as clopidogrel (Plavix), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve).
**** Quai Side Effects
**** quai antibiotics
**** quai has been known to increase the photosensitivity of the skin, so those taking the herb should stay out of the sun and protect themselves with sunscreen. **** quai should be avoided when taking other drugs that cause photosensitivity, such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova). Do not mix **** quai with some types of antibiotics, anti-depressants, cancer drugs or anti-psychotic medications."
People take herbal remedies usually for the effect of one or two compounds in the herb. The problem is that herbs (and herb extracts) contain far more than the compound(s) of interest that may have unwanted effects or even toxic effects on the body in some or all dosages. Even the compounds of interest may be of risk. Some compounds put a lot of stress on the liver and can lead to liver damage. Some may alter the way you metabolize other compounds, making THEM toxic. Years of study has to be done and if you have hepC you'd want to see years of study of the herb on those with HEpC with solid repeatable PUBLISHED and PEER REVIEWED results. Very few herbs have gone through this sort of testing.
If you have Hep C, I would stick to a good multivitamin with plenty of B vitamins, about 2000 IU/Day Vitamin D , extra Vit B12 (maybe 5000mcg/week?). Coffee has been shown to be of benefit as well.
And I read somewhere that having chronic HCV can lead to low bone density, so Calcium/Magnesium might be good as well.
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