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NettleNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Nettle (Urtica dioica). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Anticoagulants: Nettle may decrease the effect of anticoagulants. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 2 - Central Nervous System Stimulants: Nettle may lead to increased CNS depression.
Warning 3 - Iron salts: Nettle may interfere with the absorption of iron salts.
Warning 4 - Lithium: Using Nettle with lithium may result in dehydration and/or lithium toxicity.
Warning 5 - Diuretics: Nettle may increase the affects of diuretics resulting in dehydration and hypokalemia. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 6 - Drug/Herb interactions: Since nettle can also interact with certain other drugs, it's important to consult your physician if you're currently taking antiplatelet, anticoagulants, blood pressure medicine, diuretics, diabetes medication, and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Used as a natural health remedy: Nettle is used internally for the following benefits:
Side Effects of NettleThe known side effects of Nettle include:
Nettle is also known as stinging nettle and nettles.
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.Return to the Herb List.
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