If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use licorice with the following medications (for a full list of medications go to http://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/licorice-index.html#ixzz0sx9PReSa):
•Ace-inhibitors and diuretics -- If you are taking angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or diuretics to regulate blood pressure, do not use licorice products. Licorice could interfere with the effectiveness of these medications or could worsen possible side effects.
•Corticosteroids -- Licorice may increase the effects of corticosteroid medications. You should consult with your doctor before using licorice with any corticosteroids.
•Insulin -- Licorice may enhance some of the adverse effects of insulin.
•Laxatives -- Licorice may cause substantial potassium loss in people taking stimulant laxatives.
•Oral contraceptives -- There have been reports of women developing high blood pressure and low potassium levels when they took licorice while on oral contraceptives. Therefore, you should avoid licorice if you are taking birth control medications.
These licorice drug interactions can result in serious problems, such as low blood potassium and low blood calcium. To avoid these problems, talk to your healthcare provider before taking licorice or licorice supplements with any medications.
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