Are your Fit Mother Supplements safe if I'm taking blood pressure or cholesterol medications?

Question:
"Hey FMP Team, I am very interested in trying your supplements. I am taking blood pressure and cholesterol lowering medications. Are these supplements safe for me?"

Disclaimer:
The following is for educational purposes only and is NOT medical advice. If you're taking any prescription medications, it's always a good idea to run any supplements you're taking by your doctor. Everyone's medical history is unique. That's why we do not make any specific recommendations for you. This is not medical advice - just for informational purposes

Answer:

If you're taking medication for lowering blood pressure, then the following FMP supplements are very safe:

  • SuperFuel (available 2021) is safe and beneficial. The protein, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics will help improve overall health.
  • Joint RX is safe and beneficial. The vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory compounds will likely improve heart health as well as joint health.
  • Heart RX is safe and beneficial (with a few important notes below). The CoQ10, Omega-3, Berberine, and Garlic Extract will all help improve heart health. Important note: if the blood pressure medication you are taking is in the class of drugs called "Calcium Channel Blockers" (CCBs) common names: Norvasac, Cardizem, Tiazac, Procardia... then do know that the CoQ10 inside Heart RX (although very beneficial for heart health) does interact with these drugs and may further reduce your blood pressure more than is desired. Run this by your doctor. 

** See the important note below on Heart RX and blood thinners.**
** If you do take Heart Rx, it is a good idea to check your blood pressure to see how it affects yours specifically. Heart RX has compounds that are research-proven to reduce blood pressure naturally, and (if you're taking prescription blood pressure medications) you do not want to reduce your blood pressure too much to an unsafe level. **

If you're taking medication for lowering blood pressure, then following FMP supplements may have interactions with medication and&should be run by your doctor before taking:

  • Important: Balance RX contains St. John's Wort, Black Cohosh, Maca, and Vitex Agnus - all of which have interactions with very common blood pressure, blood thinning and cholesterol-lowering medications. These interactions are big (particularly with St. John's Wort - so we definitely recommend you DO NOT take Balance RX if you're on any heart medications without first running things by your doctor).
  • Immune Booster RX contains Echinacea, which does have many interactions with many medications -- particularly a muscle relaxer called Tizanidine (Zanaflex) and an depressant/nerve pain medication called duloxetine (Cymbalta). This is a supplement that is worth running by your doctor before taking. Immune RX also contains Elderberry which can stimulate the immune system and thus may have counter effects to prescribed steroids (prednisone) and medications used to treat autoimmune diseases. Anybody who has had an organ transplant should avoid taking Immune RX.
  • Burn RX contains a small dose (2mg) of Yohimbine which is beneficial for burning fat... but can slightly increase blood pressure. The typical Yohimbine dose for a 200-250lb man (~100kg) is 20-25mg. We only include 2mg of Yohimbine as it helps make the supplement blend more effective. Due to this small and safe dosage, this blood pressure raising effect should not occur... but this is worth nothing. Burn RX also has some natural stimulants (caffeine, Theacrine, and Dynamine) all which may increase heart rate and blood pressure. This increase shouldn't be any more than a normal cup of coffee, but it is worth noting. Important note: if the blood pressure medication you're taking is a Beta-Blocker (common names are metoprolol, atenolol, propanolol), then Burn RX should absolutely be run by your doctor. 

If you're taking medication for lowering cholesterol (but not blood pressure), then the following FMP supplements are very safe:

  • Fit Mother SuperFuel is safe and beneficial. The protein, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics will help improve overall health.
  • Joint RX is safe and beneficial. The vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory compounds will likely improve heart health as well as joint health.
  • Heart RX is safe and beneficial (with a few important notes). The CoQ10, Omega-3, Berberine, and Garlic Extract will all help improve heart health and cholesterol levels. CoQ10 and Omega-3s are particularly important & beneficial supplements for people taking statin drugs, as Statin drugs decrease CoQ10 and Omega-3 levels in the body. If you are taking a statin, we do suggesting taking your statin medication AWAY/SEPARATE from the Fit Mother Supplements as the magnesium in the FMP supplements (although very beneficial for heart health) can reduce the absorption of your statin medication. Also, see the important note below on Heart RX and blood thinners.
  • Burn RX contains Green Tea extract, which can help lower cholesterol levels and is recommended and research-backed for ladies trying to lower cholesterol levels, but Green Tea can decrease the absorption of some statin drugs and can potentially increase statin's side effects (Simvastatin in particular). For this reason, we suggest taking Burn RX AWAY/SEPARATE from Statin medications.

If you're taking medication for lowering cholesterol (but not blood pressure), then the following FMP supplements may have interactions with medication and should be run by your doctor:

  • Important: Balance RX contains St. John's Wort, Black Cohosh, Maca, and Vitex Agnus - all of which have interactions with very common blood pressure, blood thinning and cholesterol-lowering medications. These interactions are big (particularly with St. John's Wort - so we definitely recommend you DO NOT take Balance RX if you're on any heart medications without first running things by your doctor).
  • Immune Booster RX contains Echinacea, which does have many interactions with many medications -- including Statin drugs. This is a supplement that is worth running by your doctor before taking. Immune RX also contains Elderberry which can stimulate the immune system and thus may have counter effects to prescribed steroids (prednisone) and medications used to treat autoimmune diseases. Anybody who has had an organ transplant should avoid taking Immune RX.

If you're taking medication for thinning your blood (prescription blood thinners), then please note the following important message:

Natural supplements that improve heart health, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol often also work as natural blood thinners! ** This is a very important point.**

Important note of emphasis: If you are on prescription blood-thinning medication -- including but not limited to the following: 

  • warfarin (Coumadin), (Eliquis), rivaroxaban (Xarelto), dabigatran (Pradaxa), edoxaban (Lixiana)

... then we do  highly suggest you run these supplements by your doctor as some of our supplements inside both Joint RX and Heart RX contain natural ingredients like Omega-3, Garlic, CoQ10, Curcumin, and Boswellia that may thin your blood even further and increase your risk of bleeding.

If you are simply taking a baby Aspirin and NOT prescription blood thinners, then the both Heart RX and Joint RX should be safe for you. That said, please check with your doctor. It is always better to be safe, and (again) this is not medical advice. 

If you're taking medication  prescription blood thinners, the following FMP supplements are still very safe:

  • SuperFuel Protein

All the other FMP supplements should be run by your doctor as they may increase your risk of bleeding.

I know this may seem like a lot of information. We put together this extensive guide because YOUR health is priority #1 to us... and many great natural supplements do interact with common prescription medications. We want to ensure we are thorough for you, because you are worth it.

Please check with your doctor. We have linked the supplement labels below so you can show those to your doctor too.

Yours in health,

-The Fit Mother Project 
Customer Success Team