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Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis L.)



Interactions

Marshmallow/Drug Interactions:
  • AntibioticsAntibiotics: Based on animal study, marshmallow exhibits antimicrobial activity against P. aeroginosa, P. vulgaris and S. aureus (11; 12).
  • Antidiabetic agentsAntidiabetic agents: Marshmallow may increase the effects of hypoglycemic agents due to reported hypoglycemic effects in animal research (10).
  • Anti inflammatory agentsAnti inflammatory agents: Based on animal study, marshmallow may have anti-inflammatory properties (13).
  • AntitussivesAntitussives: Based on animal and laboratory study, marshmallow root extract and marshmallow polysaccharides have antitussive effects (14; 11; 15; 16).
  • Oral drugsOral drugs: Theoretically, the fiber in marshmallow may impair absorption of oral drugs (anecdotal).
  • Topical steroidsTopical steroids: Marshmallow may increase the topical anti-inflammatory effects of steroids, based on clinical anecdote and theory (17).

Marshmallow/Herb/Supplement Interactions:
  • Anti inflammatory herbsAnti inflammatory herbs: Based on animal study, marshmallow may have anti-inflammatory properties (13).
  • AntibacterialsAntibacterials: Based on animal study, marshmallow exhibits antimicrobial activity against P. aeroginosa, P. vulgaris and S. aureus (11; 12).
  • AntitussivesAntitussives: Based on animal and laboratory study, marshmallow root extract and marshmallow polysaccharides have antitussive effects (14; 11; 15; 16).
  • HypoglycemicsHypoglycemics: Marshmallow may increase the effects of hypoglycemic agents due to reported hypoglycemic effects in animal research (10).
  • Oral agentsOral agents: Theoretically, the fiber in marshmallow may impair absorption of oral drugs (anecdotal).

Marshmallow/Food Interactions:
  • Insufficient available evidence.

Marshmallow/Lab Interactions:
  • Serum glucoseSerum glucose: Marshmallow may lower blood glucose levels based on animal research (10).

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