Mexican Scammony Root

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Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Mexican scammony root is a type of laxative called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).



Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Mexican scammony root is a laxative. Laxatives can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs. Decreasing how much medicine your body absorbs can decrease the effectiveness of your medication.



Stimulant laxatives
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Mexican scammony root is a type of laxative called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives speed up the bowels. Taking Mexican scammony root along with other stimulant laxatives could speed up the bowels too much and cause dehydration and low minerals in the body.

Some stimulant laxatives include bisacodyl (Correctol, Dulcolax), cascara, castor oil (Purge), senna (Senokot), and others.



Warfarin (Coumadin)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Mexican scammony root can work as a laxative. In some people Mexican scammony root can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can increase the effects of warfarin and increase the risk of bleeding. If you take warfarin do not to take excessive amounts of Mexican scammony root.



Water pills (Diuretic drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Mexican scammony root is a laxative. Some laxatives can decrease potassium in the body. "Water pills" can also decrease potassium in the body. Taking Mexican scammony root along with "water pills" might decrease potassium in the body too much.

Some "water pills" that can decrease potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Microzide), and others.

Dosing considerations for Mexican Scammony Root.

The appropriate dose of Mexican scammony root depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Mexican scammony root. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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