Saturday, March 1, 2008

Who Shouldn't Take Curcumin?

Is there anybody who shouldn't take curcumin? Here are some essential precautions for curcumin supplements and curcumin creams.

Supplements (taken by mouth):

To be on the safe side, avoid curcumin supplements taken by mouth if you are on any kind of oral anticoagulant medication, including but not limited to clopidogrel (Plavix), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid, or warfarin (Coumadin). Do not take curcumin supplements if you have peptic or duodenal ulcers. Since curcumin stimulates bile production, do not take curcumin if you have gallstone.

Creams (usually provided by a formulating pharmacist):

If are on an anticoagulant, let your doctor know before you use a curcumin cream. It's always best to test a very small area of healthy skin with the skin before applying it to a wound to make sure you are not allergic.

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