Flaxseed Drug Interactions
Flaxseed Interactions Explained
The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when flaxseed is combined with some of the drugs listed above.
Any Medication Taken By Mouth
Flaxseed contains quite a bit of fiber and may, therefore, interfere with the body's ability to absorb medications into the bloodstream. It is a good idea to take flaxseed and medications at different times of the day (a few hours apart should be sufficient).
Theoretically, like any fiber product, flaxseed could increase the risk of low blood sugar in people with diabetes (especially people not accustomed to taking much fiber). It is a good idea to keep an eye on your blood sugar when starting flaxseed.
Medications That "Thin" the Blood
Combining flaxseed with medications that increase the risk of bleeding (such as antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications) could, at least in theory, further increase the risk of bleeding, including dangerous internal bleeding.
Check with your healthcare provider before taking flaxseed in combination with an anticoagulant or antiplatelet medication. Be sure to specifically discuss the possible bleeding risk. In many cases, your healthcare provider may recommend that it is okay to combine such medications, as long as you are careful to watch for any signs of easy bruising or bleeding.
It is possible that not every drug interaction with flaxseed was discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the flaxseed interactions that may apply to you.