There are some people who should not take ashwagandha
. It’s recommended to steer clear of this supplement if you fall into one of the following categories:
Additionally, you should not take ashwagandha if you are on the following medications:
Immunosuppressants. Since it can increase the activity of the immune system, taking ashwagandha and immunosuppressants simultaneously may reduce the effects of the medication.
Ashwagandha can increase sleepiness and slow breathing, so taking it alongside sedative medications (like Benzodiazepines or CNS depressants) may cause breathing problems and excessive sleepiness [1
Diabetes drugs. Ashwagandha can lower blood sugar levels, so taking both ashwagandha and diabetes medications together may cause blood sugar to drop dangerously low.
Blood pressure reducers. Ashwagandha can also lower blood pressure, so taking both ashwagandha and antihypertensive medications may cause blood pressure to drop too low.
Before starting an ashwagandha supplement, talk with your healthcare provider to see if it’s right for you.