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Bipolar Disorder (Children and Adolescents)

Mixing Supplements and Medication and Its Effects

06/21/2007

Question:

I am currently taking Trileptal 300mg for bipolar and Ativan 1mg and Effexor 225mg and I was wondering if Ruby Reds Dietary Supplements would have any effect on the medications.

Answer:

Thank you for your question.

Herbal and dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The manufacturers of these products are not required to submit safety or efficacy information.  For this reason, it is hard to know exactly what is in them, whether they work, or if they are safe.  Predicting a drug interaction is nearly impossible.  

Talk with your private physician and pharmacist regarding use of this product.  Determine together whether this is safe for you to take or not.  

Good Luck !

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Response by:

Jill RK Griffith, RPh, PharmD, CSPI
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University