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Table of Contents > Herbs > Flaxseed > Interactions
Possible Interactions with: Flaxseed
Also listed as: Linseed; Linum usitatissimum
 

If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use flaxseed without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Blood Thinning Medications
Omega-3 fatty acids may increase the blood-thinning effects of aspirin or warfarin. While the combination of aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids may actually be helpful under certain circumstances (such as heart disease), they should only be taken together under the guidance and supervision of your healthcare provider.

Cholesterol Lowering Medications, Statins
Following certain nutritional guidelines, including increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet and reducing the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, may allow a group of cholesterol lowering medications known as "statins" (such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin) to work more effectively.

Cyclosporine
Taking omega-3 fatty acids during cyclosporine therapy may reduce toxic side effects (such as high blood pressure and kidney damage) associated with this medication in transplant patients.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
In an animal study, treatment with omega-3 fatty acids reduced the risk of ulcers from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). More research is needed to evaluate whether omega-3 fatty acids would have the same effects in people.

Other
Flaxseed may slow down the absorption of oral medications or other nutrients if taken at the same time. Try to avoid taking flaxseed at the same time of day as medications and other supplements.


Drug Interactions
Blood-thinning Medications
Cholesterol-lowering Medications
Cyclosporine
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

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