Dandelion is an agent for stimulating the release of bile from the liver into the gallbladder. The herb is used to support treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder disorders. Possible herb drug interactions may take place if you are currently being treated with any of the following medications:
Lithium - There have been animal studies that suggest dandelion may increase the side effects found with lithium, a medication commonly used to treat manic depression.
Antibiotics, Quinolone - There is one particular species of dandelion, Taraxacum mongolicum, also called Chinese dandelion, that is suggested to decrease the absorption of quinolone antibiotics, which includes ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, and levofloxacin, from the digestive tract. It is not clear whether Taraxacum officinale, or common dandelion, would interact with these antibiotics in the same manner. As a precaution, it is suggested that dandelion not be taken at the same time as these antibiotics.