Is an all natural herbal detox colon cleanse generally safe while taking an SSRI? (Zoloft)

Patient : Dear Dr., I am currently taking Zoloft for depression and anxiety and am preparing to do a detox colon cleanse. Is it safe to do a all natural herbal detox colon cleanse while on Zoloft as long as the Zoloft is taken a few hours apart from all other supplements? Some of the herbal supplements are as follows, Calcium bentonite clay, psyllium husk powder, Molybdenum, milk thistle, black walnut hulls, grapefruit seed extract, clove bud, pau d'arco bark, pumpkin seed, myrrh gum, turmeric root, garlic bulb, hyssop, gentian root, elecampane root, prickly ash bark, yellowdock root, fenugreek seed, peppermint leaf, false unicorn root and other similar cleansing herbs. My doctor is COMPLETELY void of any knowledge of natural treatments so I can't get any answers from him. Please help! Thank you!
Doctor :   Thank you for your question. Prescription medications such as Zoloft can be affected by the use of any herbal supplement s. The ingredients that you have listed in your herbal tea may or may not be associated with adverse interactions with your medication. Since there is very little information existing on the interaction with herbal supplements and your medication, we cannot advise you that it would be safe to use this herbal tea along with your medication. Once you are off your Zoloft you may proceed with any herbal treatment at your own risk provided that you are not on any other medications. Thank you for choosing AskTheDoctor.com

Related Q&A

Q: I have been prescribed iron supplements for my iron defiency anemia. After researching I found that it is best to tak...

Q: Is it fine to give my 96 year old gran a superfood drink product containing greens and fruit,wheatgrass,spirulina,chl...

Q: I need to raise my vitamin D, and i tried two over the counter D supplements and both cramped my stomach with constip...

Q: I'm a 49 year old Caucasian male and recently had blood work done. 3 items that have been flagged as out of range inc...

Q: I am 28 years old, Caucasian, 5"7 and 121lbs. I have always been tall and slender with no major medical concerns...

 


DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews