There can be some interactions or potential interactions between conventional medicines and herbal treatments and food supplements. It is particularly important to be careful when combining supplements with Non Steroid Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aspirin as many can increase the blood thinning effects. Other substances can also interact with the uptake of the medication. It is important to discuss with your coordinating therapist which supplements, herbals or medications might be of benefit in your personal strategy.
Non Steroid Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and other pain killers can cause some serious upsets in the stomach area for which protective medication is often given. This in in turn affects Vitamin uptake especially Vitamin B12. NSAID's also affect folate metabolism. NSAIDs can interact with Vitamin E, Bromelain and Vitamin C potentially adding to the blood thinning effect.
Corticosteroids are used in post herpetic neuralgia to reduce pain and their action can conflict with immune stimulants such as echinacea, garlic, astragalus and ginseng.They can also be affected by minerals and vitamins such as chromium, calcium and vitamin D.
Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed for patients suffering from depression associated with Shingles and post herpetic neuralgia. St John's Wort is commonly used for depression and can interact with NSAIDs and heighten photosensitivity.