Chromium Picolinate Drug Interactions
Chromium Picolinate Interactions ExplainedThe following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when chromium picolinate is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Antacids or Acid Reducers
Any medication that reduces stomach acid may decrease the absorption of chromium picolinate into the body. It may help to take chromium picolinate and acid reducers at different times of the day (although this may not entirely eliminate this interaction).
Corticosteroids may increase the amount of chromium picolinate lost through the urine, possibly decreasing the benefits of chromium picolinate.
Chromium picolinate may affect blood sugar levels. This can cause problems for people taking diabetes medications. Check with your healthcare provider before combining chromium picolinate with a diabetes medication.
Chromium picolinate may affect the way the body handles iron, perhaps increasing the risk of iron-deficiency anemia. However, this interaction is unlikely to cause problems for most people.
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs may increase the absorption of chromium picolinate into the body and may decrease the removal of chromium through the urine. This can lead to high chromium levels. Check with your healthcare provider before combining an NSAID with a high dosage of chromium picolinate.
Taking vitamin C at the same time as chromium picolinate may increase the absorption of chromium into the body (which may result in a chromium dose that is too high). It is best to take vitamin C and chromium picolinate at different times of the day, if possible, especially if a high dosage of chromium picolinate is used.