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Drug interactions between cascara sagrada / magnesium hydroxide and Plaquenil

Results for the following 2 drugs:
cascara sagrada/magnesium hydroxide
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)

Interactions between your drugs

Moderate

hydroxychloroquine ↔ magnesium hydroxide

Applies to:Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and cascara sagrada/magnesium hydroxide

It is best not to take hydroxychloroquine and magnesium hydroxide at the same time. Products that contain magnesium, aluminum, or calcium such as antacids and some other gastrointestinal medications may interfere with the absorption of hydroxychloroquine and reduce its effectiveness. To minimize the risk of an interaction, you should try to separate the dosing of these medications by at least 4 hours. Contact your doctor if your symptoms worsen or your condition changes during treatment with these medications. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

Switch to professional interaction data

Moderate

hydroxychloroquine ↔ cascara sagrada

Applies to:Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and cascara sagrada/magnesium hydroxide

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

MONITOR: Bowel cleansing as well as overuse of certain laxatives may cause electrolyte loss and increase the risk of torsade de pointes ventricular arrhythmia in patients treated with drugs that prolong the QT interval. Electrolyte disturbances including hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia have been reported with laxative abuse and are known risk factors for torsade de pointes associated with QT interval prolongation.

MANAGEMENT: Patients treated with drugs that prolong the QT interval should exercise caution when self-medicating with laxatives. The recommended dosage and duration of use should not be exceeded. Patients treated with lactulose for more than six months should be monitored periodically for electrolyte imbalance. Patients should be advised to seek prompt medical attention if they experience symptoms that could indicate the occurrence of torsade de pointes such as dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, palpitation, irregular heart rhythm, shortness of breath, or syncope.

References

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  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  3. Schaefer DC, Cheskin LJ "Constipation in the elderly." Am Fam Physician 58 (1998): 907-14
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Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

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