If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you
should not use echinacea without first talking to your healthcare provider:
Echinacea may be useful in combination with
econazole, an antifungal agent used to treat yeast infections (such as athlete's
foot). When echinacea is used together with econazole, recurrence rates of these
infections may be reduced.
Immunosuppressants refers to a group of
medications that are used for two main purposes -- treat cancer and suppress the
immune system following organ transplant so that the new organ is not rejected.
Because echinacea can enhance immune function, it is not advisable to use the
herb with medications in this class, especially for organ transplant.
In terms of cancer treatment, however, a couple of test tube studies imply
that echinacea may prove useful when used in conjunction with cyclophosphamide,
one medication in this class. The idea is that using echinacea with this or
other chemotherapy agents that act as immunosuppressants, may allow the
cancer-fighting medicines to kill the tumors while the immune system continues
to be protected. If this theory proves to be correct, then, echinacea could
possibly prevent many of the untoward side effects of chemotherapy.
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