Interactions

Interactions with Drugs

Aloe may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using medications that may also lower blood sugar. People taking drugs for diabetes by mouth or insulin should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist. Medication adjustments may be necessary.

Because aloe contains estrogen like chemicals, the effects of other agents believed to have estrogen-like properties may be altered.

Aloe may also interact with agents for cancer; agents for the brain, heart, intestines, liver, skin, or stomach; agents that increase potassium excretion (loop diuretics, thiazide diuretics); agents that increase urination; agents that protect against radiation; agents toxic to the liver; anesthetics; antifungals; anti-inflammatories; antiretrovirals; antivirals; cardiac glycosides; cholesterol lowering agents; contraceptives; hormonal agents; insulin preparations; laxatives; oral corticosteroids; oral hydrocortisone; sevoflurane; steroids; sunscreen; thyroid hormones; topical hydrocortisone; water-soluble agents; wound healing agents; or zidovudine (AZT).

Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements

Aloe may alter blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using herbs or supplements that may also alter blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may require monitoring, and doses may need adjustment.

Because aloe contains estrogen like chemicals, the effects of other agents believed to have estrogen-like properties may be altered.

Aloe may also interact with anesthetics; antifungals; anti-inflammatories; cholesterol lowering herbs and supplements; herbs and supplements for cancer; herbs and supplements for the brain, heart, intestines, liver, skin, or stomach; antioxidants; antivirals; contraceptives; herbs and supplements toxic to the liver; hormonal herbs and supplements; laxatives; licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra); herbs and supplements that increase urination; herbs and supplements that protect against radiation; steroids; sunscreen; thyroid herbs and supplements; vitamin B12, C, and E; water-soluble herbs and supplements; wound-healing herbs and supplements

This evidence-based monograph was prepared by The Natural Standard Research Collaboration

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