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Forum Name: Leukemia

Question: Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Abdominal Pain


 JessicaRabbit - Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:03 pm

A friend of mine has Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia and is receiving great treatment. Lately she has been having a great deal of abdominal pain. She has seen her doctors and after many tests they think it is just gastrointestinal. My question is this; I wanted to make a care package for her of things to ease her stomach, but did not want to include anything that could interfere with her treatment (she is undergoing some experimental treatments).

I was thinking things like ginger tea and crystallized ginger. Is there any likelihood that ginger could be harmful or cause any kind of conflict with her meds?
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:06 pm

User avatar Hello,

Experimental therapy always has it's list of drug interactions with food, herbs as well as other drugs. The doctor would have provided your friend with this list, so I am sure she would know.

It would be difficult to tell without knowing the drug but ginger is a herb with many interactions. It has been reported to work against acid meds such as ranitidine (Zantac) as well as increase the risk of bleeding in some patients.

I would avoid ginger without consulting the primary investigator involved in the patient's clinical trial.

Best regards,
 JessicaRabbit - Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:08 pm

Thank you! I think I will stick with candles and bath stuff.

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