Does Cannabis Interact with Medications?

Does Cannabis Interact with Medications?

If you are taking cannabis for medical reasons, it’s important to make sure that you talk to your physician about possible interactions with any medications you are taking. There are a number of medications on the market that cannabis is known to have interactions with, including the following drugs:

Fluoxetine

Commonly known as Prozac, fluoxetine may cause hypomania when taken in combination with cannabis. This means that it can cause you to feel anxious or jittery. If you are taking fluoxetine, discuss it with your physician before you begin taking cannabis for medical reasons.

Disulfiram

Also known as Antabuse, this medication is often used to treat alcoholism. However, disulfiram may also cause hypomania when you are taking it at the same time as cannabis, so it’s important to use it with caution.

Sedatives

A sedative is any drug that has the effect of calming you down or making you feel sleepy. There are numerous sedative medications available today that may be prescribed by physicians. It’s important that any medical professional who prescribes you a sedative is aware that you are also taking cannabis, since the two substances in combination can cause extreme drowsiness.

Warfarin

Warfarin is a medication that is widely used for treatment of blood clotting. Using cannabis at the same time as warfarin can increase that medication’s effects, which can lead to bruising. Make sure your physician is aware of your cannabis use if you are prescribed warfarin.

Theophylline

This medication is often used to treat respiratory conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. If you are also taking cannabis, however, it can weaken the effectiveness of theophylline.

Rocky Mountain Remedies became the first medical marijuana dispensary in Northwest Colorado a decade ago. Since then, they have been providing exceptional, compassionate services to the community of Steamboat Springs, CO. They are open seven days a week to serve the public. For more information, call (970) 871-2768.