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October 1997 Issue

The Sometimes Risky Business of Mixing Herbs and Medicines

Q. Is it safe to take herbal preparations if I'm taking other medications? A. Not necessarily. A recent report in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests it wasn't harmless for one 70-year old man. He experienced temporary episodes of blurred vision after taking two 40-milligram tablets of Ginkoba a day for a week, in addition to aspirin he had taken daily for three years after heart-bypass surgery. Examination revealed bleeding from the

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