Can I continue to take turmeric even though I am now being treated for marrow cancer?

71 -year-old man4 years ago
I have pain in my knees, because I have arthritis. I was taking turmeric which helped me with that.
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Alexandre Marineau · 4 years ago
So that I can better answer your question, could you tell me what medications you are currently taking?
71 -year-old man · 4 years ago
I take
  • Tylenol (pain)
  • Aspirin
  • Zolpidem (insomnia)
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Dexamethasone (cancer)
  • Revlimid (cancer)
  • Pantoprazole (stomach)
Alexandre Marineau · 4 years ago
Thank you! It is true that some data supports the use of turmeric to improve symptoms associated with osteoarthritis
However, beyond its anti-inflammatory effects, turmeric also has anti-coagulant and anti-platelet properties that thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding. Since you are already taking aspirin (an anti-platelet drug that thins the blood) and Revlimid which can also decrease the platelet count in the blood (thus increasing the risk of bleeding) I would recommend avoiding turmeric as much as possible in your case. Also, the impact of turmeric when taken with Revlimid is not known.
For these reasons, I would prefer to take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for your pain
71 -year-old man · 4 years ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. It is very clear! Thank you also for your good service at the pharmacy, we really feel supported
Alexandre Marineau · 4 years ago
I'm glad to hear that and see you soon!

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