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Cofftea said

Tea and Meds

I take a crap load of meds and vitamins daily and have found that taking them w/ cold unsweetened tea helps keep them down. Anyone else find this? Any adverse effects?

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Sweetened tea helps me, but mostly to ease nausea I have to eat something like a plain piece of bread. I remember talking to an ambulance driver who said that he thought really sweet hot tea (any kind) could help steady people in shock. I get migraines but chasing medication with a glass of water and then a cup of black tea helps the medicine work faster. Then again, I’m caffeine dependent. Hope this helps.

Cofftea said

Drinking something sugary would not do my stomach good, but maybe that’s because I don’t drink sweetened tea even when my stomach is fine. Although in a pinch I have noticed that my mom’s home made chocolate frosting works great to keep my meds down. Yeah, I know. I’m a physiological phenomenon LOL!

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Cofftea said

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea:

“Drug Interactions
A 2009 study at the University of Southern California using mouse models showed that several of the polyphenolic ingredients of green tea, such as EGCG, can bind with the anticancer drug bortezomib, significantly reducing its bioavailability and thereby rendering it therapeutically useless.39 This chemical reaction between EGCG and bortezomib is highly specific and depends on the presence of a boronic acid functional group in the bortezomib molecule. Dr. Schönthal, who headed the study, suggests that consumption of green tea, concentrated green tea extract, and other green tea products (such as EGCG capsules) be strongly contraindicated for patients undergoing bortezomib treatment.40

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When I was titrating onto my first Parkinson’s meds I found that ‘Ginger Tea’ was helpful with the nausea. ‘Ginger Tea’ = Slice or two of fresh ginger root smashed with the side of a knife (the same way you smash garlic) thrown in the pot with the tea leaves; steep the usual amount of time.

Cofftea said

I call that ginger water cuz it has no liquor. To me tea, either true or herbal, has to have a liquor. It’s a great thirst quencher too!:)

denisend said

Cofftea – I call that “tea with ginger” since Annelise is brewing the ginger with tea leaves.

Cofftea said

You’re right. I didn’t read that carefully. Duh!

Angrboda said

Doesn’t matter what’s in it anyway. With the borders as blurred as they are between tea and herbals, Annelise can call it whatever she wants.

teaplz said

What’s the definition of “liquor” anyway? According to dictionary.com:

1. a distilled or spirituous beverage, as brandy or whiskey, as distinguished from a fermented beverage, as wine or beer.
2. any liquid substance, as broth from cooked meats or vegetables.
3. Pharmacology. solution (def. 6).
4. a solution of a substance, esp. a concentrated one used in the industrial arts.

I find that “infusion” is a much better word to use regarding tea. It’s proper terminology, the dictionary actually includes tea in the usage, and a non-tea-drinker will probably understand better what you’re talking about.

That being said, Annelise, that sounds absolutely delicious! Fresh ginger always has such a nice, spicy taste to it, and you’re absolutely right with its uses for nausea!

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I’ve had a bad sinus infection for the last couple of months, so I’ve needed to take Benedryl to ease the head pressure. But that gets me really sleepy (even the “non-drowsy” type). So I have a cup of Red Rose (or another black tea) with it if I need to keep on working for a few more hours. The effects seem to cancel each other out — except my head feels bette for a few more hours.

I’m not a doctor, so if you have a sinus infection, go to the doctor. Just sharing what happened to me.

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Cofftea said

My mom is going to school for HIT and in one of her classes last nite, her instructor said tea, in particular herbal, can make birth control less effective. I’m not on it so it doesn’t effect me, but I thought it might apply to someone else. I know that drugs like antibiotics reduce the effectiveness, but tea ?

Raritea said

The St. John’s Wort herb is known to have an antagonistic effect on oral contraceptives. However, it would take quite a lot of extract to actually produce an effect. A study done in 2003 looked at this effect using a dosage of 300mg of St. John’s Wort administered 3 times a day to observe this effect (http://www.nature.com/clpt/journal/v74/n6/pdf/clpt2003519a.pdf). I’m not sure if drinking a St. John’s Wort tea would cause one to ingest such high amounts- but I would definitely be interested to hear if anyone knows of any studies looking at this specifically.

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I used to take Coumadin, a blood thinner. It reacted with just about everything. Well, I was told, and looked up and verified, that green tea is a blood “thickener” and that its use was discouraged among those who took Coumadin. I take a different blood thinner and nothing reacts with it. So I’m all over green tea like ugly on a ape.


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