Is Glucan Safe with Other Medications and NSAIDs?

Studies indicate that there are no known negative side effects with Beta Glucan. However, if you are taking an immunosuppressant drug due to a transplant surgery (e.g. liver, kidney, etc.) it is recommended that you avoid taking Beta Glucan altogether. If you have any concerns it is always best to err on the side of caution and check with your medical professional. There are no studies stating Beta Glucan can be dangerous when taken alongside NSAIDs.

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As Answered By
AJ Lanigan

The simple answer is Yes!

Many people are on multiple medications because of obesity, poor diet, and issues with Cholesterol & Blood Sugar. Beta Glucan can be taken with cholesterol-lowering drugs, chemotherapy, antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals. All of these things have been thoroughly researched and shown that when taken side by side with Beta Glucan, it is not only safe but they actually showed more benefit (through modulation of the immune system), as far as outcome, when combined with these “standard of care” drugs.

As Answered By
Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

It is a broad question. We surely don’t have a full range of studies saying this drug, yes not problems, “This drug? Yes, no problem. This drug? No problem.” So we cannot say 100% to take it with anything. But the mechanism of glucan actions are so specific, we really cannot say or cannot foresee any type of negative sides effects when combined with other regular drugs. It is always better to let your doctor know. Don’t take it secretly or something, because he should know everything about what you take. But I don’t think we should be afraid. We don’t have, so far, any reasons so far not to take it with this or that.

As Answered By
Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

That is a question I am getting quite often. I personally have taken glucan for the last maybe ten years, I’m just getting old, there’s no doubt about it. So when my back hurts I take Ibuprofen or some version of it and I don’t stop taking glucan. So, I don’t think so, it is basically impossible to do any significant harm.

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AJ Lanigan

A.J. Lanigan has over 20 years experience in various disciplines of immunology. He was educated at the University of South Carolina, College of Pharmacy from 1971-1975.
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Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka is a Professor and Vice Chairman, Director of Research at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Louisville. Dr. Vetvicka graduated in 1978 from Charles University in Prague with a doctorate degree in biology and obtained his Ph.D. in 1983 from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microbiology.