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Possible Interactions with: Eucalyptus

Australian fever tree; Eucalyptus; Eucalyptus globulus

If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use eucalyptus without first talking to your health care provider.

  • 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) -- In an animal study, topical eucalyptus oil enhanced the absorption of topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), a medication used to treat cancer.
  • Other Possible Interactions -- Eucalyptus may increase how quickly the body eliminates some medications, including pentobarbital, a barbiturate used as an anesthetic, and amphetamine, a stimulant used for narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
 

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Review Date: 1/17/2007  

Reviewed By: Ernest B. Hawkins, MS, BSPharm, RPh, Health Education Resources; and Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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