How Elder interacts with Diabetic / Hypoglycemic medications

Interaction type: Interactions

Interaction rating: Study Supported

An animal study reported that elder flowers may alter the effects of diabetes medications including insulin, possibly altering the dose of these medications needed for treatment. Use with caution. (1)

These drugs include Insulin, glyburide, glipizide, metformin, rosiglitazone, pioglitazone, glimepiride, tolbutamide, tolazamide, acarbose, acetohexamide, chlorpropamide, miglitol, repaglinide, nateglinide


  1. View Abstract: Gray AM, Abdel-Wahab YH, Flatt PR. The Traditional Plant Treatment, Sambucus nigra (Elder), Exhibits Insulin-like and Insulin-releasing Actions In Vitro. J Nutr. Jan2000;130(1):15-20.