Does Keto Balance Have Drug Interactions?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses potential drug interactions with the dietary supplement Keto Balance.

Question

I need a professional person who can tell me honestly if it is safe to take Keto balance while also taking a lot of prescriptions?

Asked by Andib On Apr 26, 2022

Answered by
Medical Content Reviewed By HelloPharmacist Staff

Published Apr 27, 2022
Last updated Apr 27, 2022

Key points

  • There is a low risk of drug interactions between the supplement Keto Balance, and prescription drugs
  • Keto Balance does contain DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, which does have some documented drug interactions, the risk of a serious interaction is low

Hello and thanks for your question!

I'm not 100% sure of the product you are referring to, but after a quick search, I found something with the same name: Keto Balance, so I'll use that as a reference.

If this isn't the product you are referring to, please let me know. Regardless, most keto supplements are pretty similar in that they contain a variety of different oils (a good source of fat), especially medium-chain triglycerides,  a type of saturated fat.

Keto Balance Ingredients

According to the label for this dietary supplement, it contains the following:

  • Coconut-Based MCTs
  • Algal DHA
  • Collagen Peptides

So, what we're really looking into here is whether or not any of these ingredients have known drug interactions.

Keto Balance Interactions

Two of the ingredient in Keto Balance have no known drug interactions, MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) and collagen peptides, so there isn't much to worry about there.

The only ingredient that has documented drug interactions is algal DHA, a plant-based omega fatty acid (similar to the fatty acids in fish oil).

In general, there is a very low risk of any significant drug interaction with algal DHA.

Nevertheless, the following drugs have some sort of documented interaction:

  • Anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin)
  • Antihypertensives (e.g. blood pressure medications)
  • Antidiabetic drugs (i.e. drugs used for diabetes)

Some studies have shown, or suggested, that DHA can have a blood-thinning effect, but generally only at high doses or when used with other supplements, like EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid). However, if you are taking an anticoagulant, you want to check with your doctor first before taking anything that has DHA (or other omega oils) in it.

The other two drug classes I have listed there, antihypertensives and antidiabetic agents, I only list since supplementing with fatty acids with DHA can lower blood pressure and lower blood glucose. There isn't necessarily an interaction with the medications, but it is important to point out that omega oils can have an additive effect.

Final Words

On the whole, this keto supplement is pretty safe in regard to drug interactions. The only ingredient that really stands out is DHA, and that has a very low risk of causing anything serious.

Let us know if you have any other questions!

References

  • The effect of dietary docosahexaenoic acid on platelet function, platelet fatty acid composition, and blood coagulation in humans, PubMed
  • Effects of purified eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid on platelet, fibrinolytic and vascular function in hypertensive type 2 diabetic patients, PubMed
  • The diverse nature of saturated fats and the case of medium-chain triglycerides: how one recommendation may not fit all, PubMed
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen—Sources and Applications, PubMed
  • Relationship between plasma essential fatty acids and smoking, serum lipids, blood pressure and haemostatic and rheological factors, PubMed

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