Are Beet Supplements Safe To Take With Eliquis?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses whether or not there is an interaction between Eliquis and beet supplements.

Question

Can my husband drink pure beet juice while taking Eliquis?

Asked by Mimi On Jun 20, 2024

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Medical Content Reviewed By HelloPharmacist Staff

Published Jun 21, 2024
Last updated Jul 18, 2024

Key points

  • Beets may have a minor interaction with blood pressure medications but have no known interaction with Eliquis, though caution and consultation with a doctor are advised before making any changes to your medication regimen.

Answer

Great question! Thank you for contacting us.

While our drug-herbal interaction checker does show a minor interaction between beets and blood pressure medications (such as lisinopril), there is no known interaction between beets (or beet juice) and Eliquis (apixaban).

Beets contain nitrates, which are metabolized in the body and produce nitric oxide, which can cause blood vessels to widen, potentially lowering blood pressure. Due to this, consuming beets could increase the risk of low blood pressure, especially for those already taking blood pressure medications.

Regarding Eliquis, while beets may influence blood pressure slightly, there is no evidence of a significant interaction with blood thinners or antiplatelet drugs.

Having said that, there unfortunately is very limited data available to go off of so a definitive conclusion on whether or not an interaction exists cannot be made. As a safety precaution, it's always best to speak with your doctor before making any changes to your medication regimen so you can be appropriately monitored.

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References

  • All-natural nitrite and nitrate containing dietary supplement promotes nitric oxide production and reduces triglycerides in humans, PubMed
  • The effect of beetroot inorganic nitrate supplementation on cardiovascular risk factors: A systematic review and meta-regression of randomized controlled trials, PubMed

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