Interaction Details

Metformin, Rosiglitazone is classified as belonging to the following category: Oral Drugs

Theoretically, gum arabic can alter the absorption of oral drugs due to its fiber content.
Gum arabic has been used as a suspending osmotic agent in drug formulations. It might improve bioavailability of water-insoluble drugs like naproxen, but reduce absorption of polar drugs like amoxicillin. To avoid changes in absorption, take gum arabic 30-60 minutes after oral medications.

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Likelihood of Occurrence


Interaction has been documented in animal or in lab research, or the interaction has been documented in humans but is limited to case reports or conflicting clinical research exists


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Gum Arabic Overview

Gum Arabic Gum Arabic, commonly known as acacia gum, is a natural substance that is produced by the acacia tree. It is a complex mixture of carbohydrates and proteins, and is used as a stabilizer, thickener, and emulsifier in a variety of products. It is a type of indigestible dietary fiber that can help to regulate bowel movements and improve digestive health. It is also believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Gum Arabic interacts with 1987 drugs

Interaction Rating Key

These severity listings are for informational use only. Never start, stop or otherwise change your therapy before speaking with your provider.

Major The combined use of these agents is strongly discouraged as serious side effects or other negative outcomes could occur.
Moderate Use cautiously under the care of a healthcare professional or avoid this combination. A significant interaction or negative outcome could occur.
Minor Be aware that there is a chance of an interaction. Watch for warning signs of a potential interaction.
Unknown No interactions have been reported or no interaction data is currently available.

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