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an herbal product - treats Achlorhydria and B12 absorption, Urostomy care, Urinary tract infection, Urine acidification, H. Pylori infection, Memory improvement, Dental plaque, Kidney stones, Chronic urinary tract infection prevention: children with neurogenic bladder, Cancer prevention, Antioxidant, Reduction of odor from incontinence/bladder catheterization, Radiation therapy side effects, Antiviral and antifungal, and Antibacterial

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Interactions with Drugs

In theory, due to its acidic pH, cranberry juice may counteract antacids. Cranberry juice theoretically may increase the effects of antibiotics in the urinary tract and increase the excretion of some drugs in the urine. Cranberry juice may increase absorption of vitamin B12 in patients using proton pump inhibitors such as esomeprazole (Nexium®).

Some cranberry tinctures may have high alcohol content and may lead to vomiting if used with the drug disulfiram (Antabuse®) or metronidazole (Flagyl®).

Although controversial, some studies have shown that taking the prescription blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin®) and cranberry products at the same time can elevate the INR, which could increase the risk of bleeding.

Alzheimer's drugs, anthelmintics (expel worms), antifungals, cholesterol- lowering drugs, antineoplastics (anticancer agents), antiprotozoals, antiviral agents, clarithromycin, drugs broken down by the liver, diuretics, salicylates like aspirin, and drugs eliminated by the kidneys may interact with cranberry.

Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements

In theory, cranberry juice may increase the excretion of some herbs or supplements in the urine.

Theoretically cranberry products may increase the risk of bleeding in people taking other herbs or supplements like garlic or danshen.

Inhibition of H. pylori bacteria, which may lead to gastrointestinal ulcers, may be increased when oregano and cranberry are taken together.

Alzheimer's herbs and supplements, antacids, anthelminthics (expel worms), antibacterials, antifungals, cholesterol- lowering herbs and supplements, antineoplastics, antioxidants, antiparasitics, antivirals, herbs and supplements broken down by the liver, diuretics, lingonberry, salicylate- containing herbs like willow bark, urine- acidifying herbs and supplements, and vitamin B12 may interact with cranberry.

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