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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Can I drink Korean red ginseng while taking Metoprolol, Accuretic ?

I would like to know if I can drink Korean red ginseng when I am taking 50 mg of Metoprolol a day and Accuretic 10/12.4 mg daily and 80 mg of aspirin at night. I am overweight and people have told me that ginseng has helped them to lose weight. Surely all the skinny people in Asia testify to that.
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Thu, 6 Jun 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

following are your drug interactions

Significant and Monitor Closely
aspirin + metoprolol
aspirin decreases effects of metoprolol

quinapril + aspirin
quinapril, aspirin. Either increases toxcity of the other by Other. Significant - Monitor Closely. It May result in renal function deterioration, particularly in elderly or volume depleted individuals.

aspirin + quinapril
aspirin decreases effects of quinapril . It is Significant and Monitor Closely.

aspirin + panax ginseng(KOREAN)
aspirin and panax ginseng both increase anticoagulation(increased bleeding). Significant and Monitor Closely.

metoprolol + aspirin
metoprolol and aspirin both increase serum potassium. Significant and Monitor Closely.

metoprolol + hydrochlorothiazide
metoprolol increases and hydrochlorothiazide decreases serum potassium. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Significant and Monitor Closely.

aspirin + hydrochlorothiazide
aspirin increases and hydrochlorothiazide decreases serum potassium. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. .

hydrochlorothiazide + aspirin
hydrochlorothiazide will increase the level or effect of aspirin by acidic (anionic) drug competition for renal tubular clearance. Minor or non-significant interaction.

So i would not recommend you to take korean red ginseng as it had significant drug interactions , especially bleeding tendencies

There are other medicine like duloxetene , orlistat , metformin to decrease the weight

Hope this helps

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