Many patients are not aware that natural products such as fruit juices or plant infusions can cause significant interactions with several drugs, some of which can be dangerous, especially when the medical treatment is for neurological or psychiatric disorders. Among the most predisposed for interacting with drugs are citric juices, particularly grapefruit and plant infusions, especially St John`s wort (Hypericum perforatum). Understanding the mechanism and the frequency of this type of interaction helps to avoid it. The goal of this research was to identify and summarize the most relevant reports on interactions between psychotropic drugs and natural beverages, in order to raise awareness among physicians that they should invest more time in educating patients how to administer drugs properly, thus reducing the likelihood of such unwanted events. For the purpose of this study, an electronic search of PubMed database was conducted until September 2019. We concluded that natural beverage consumption along side medical treatment is a widespread practice and the main mechanism generating interactions is related to the functioning of biotransformation enzymes.
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Bacinschi, Nicolae; Pogonea, Ina; Podgurschi, Lilia; Mihalachi-Anghel, Maria; Ștefănescu, Emil; Socea, Bogdan; and Chianu, Marin
"The role of biotransformation processes in mediating interactions between psychotropic drugs and natural products,"
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences: Vol. 7
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/jmms/vol7/iss1/3
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