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Herbal interactions with immunosuppressive drugs

Dr. James Beaulieu, a clinical pharmacist specialist at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, has published an excellent review of this topic.

If you are receiving immunosuppressive treatments and taking or considering taking any herbal medicine, consult this article first.

Immunosuppressive therapy is used for the following reasons.

  • Prevent rejection of transplanted organs and tissues (eg, bone marrow, heart, kidney, liver)
  • Treat autoimmune diseases or diseases that are most likely of autoimmune origin (eg, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis)

A list and overview of immunosuppressive drugs are available here.

9/24/06 11:18 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.