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Is it safe to take spirulina and tamoxifin

By Anonymous May 16, 2009 - 7:48pm
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I heard that Spirulina is very effective in boosting your immune systems to help ward of intruders and keep your cell healthy. How much truch is there to that and is it safe to take when taking Tamoxifin? Thank you. Claudine

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I forgot to mention: you can always talk to your pharmacist, too. They have training, experience and documentation on drug interactions that would be helpful. I would recommend filling all of your prescriptions at one pharmacy, and talking with them about drug interactions with tamoxifen, and you can "quiz" them on their knowledge of herbs and supplements. Just another information-gathering source for you!

May 17, 2009 - 5:59am


Spirulina may interfere with drugs that are taken for cancer, as well as other drugs. Spirulina is reportedly one of the supplements that do not interact with many drugs, but unfortunately, supplements are not thoroughly regulated or tested for their interactions with drugs, food or any other substances. Meaning: that statement is not from vigorous clinical testing, but rather from users' experiences or laboratory experiments that may/may not be accurate or generalizable to the general population.

Are you taking tamoxifen because you had breast cancer, or you have a risk of breast cancer due to a family history?

You can read about each drug and supplement at the links below:
- Tamoxifen at the NCI (National Cancer Institute)
- Tamoxifen at MedlinePlus
- Spirulina at MedlinePlus

Are you interested in learning more about "complementary and alternative" medicines, to help keep your cells healthy? If so, there is a great starting place at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (NCCAM) website. (click on the orange hyperlink). At this site, you can find local practitioners who are knowledgeable in the area of CAM, as if you are interested in trying new supplements, you should talk with your physician and other health care providers before beginning any new treatments (make sure they know ALL herbs, supplements, prescription and non-prescription drugs and medications you are taking).

Can I help you find any additional information?

May 17, 2009 - 5:55am
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