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If you take other medications in combination with echinacea, drug interactions could occur. Since echinacea may decrease the activity of certain liver enzymes that are responsible for breaking down many different medications, the herbal supplement might increase the level of many other medications in the blood. To help prevent echinacea interactions, tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking.
- Life-saving medications (such as HIV medications)
- Medications with dangerous side effects (such as arrhythmia medications or blood thinners)
- Medications for which effectiveness is very important (such as birth control pills).