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Is it safe to use out of date herbal supplements

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Greenhut
42 years experience Preventive Medicine
Probably, but: The fda does not require an expiration date on supplements. It probably isn't dangerous to take a supplement past its expiration date, but it may have ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: The herbal supplements for anxiety are no more or less safe with a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD than without and do not effect the effectiveness of the ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
St. John's Wort: There is no significant data to prove the effectiveness of this substance in any known medical conditions or to produce energy or changes in immunity. ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Varies: If depends on the supplement, the amount used, the person's health and what it is used for. Too general a question to provide a yes or no definitive r ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Glueck
56 years experience Clinical Lipidology
Do not take this: No proven evidence that milk thistle supplement will help any person's health but may produce symptomatic hypoglycemia.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
It depends...: Expiration dates tend to be rather artificial & somewhat arbitrary. If a vitamin has an expiration date a year after manufacture it is not like the ne ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Probably, however...: In one study of 206 women who took echinacea during pregnancy there was no evidence that it was hazardous, but i recommend avoiding all herbs and medi ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chevies Newman
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sure: Not a big deal, try tylenol (acetaminophen) cols and sinus and can use 1-2 aleve for a couple of days if less than 32 weeks. Gd luc.
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It is a harmless med: CoQ10 is not proven to be of great usefulness for any medical condition. It is a good antioxidant but it is costly. Unless spending money is not a pr ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
ZMA: If you are trying to get pregnant taking ZMA is not recommended
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probably: Most homeopathic remedies are so dilute that there is no sig risk. If in doubt please discuss with your practitioner or ob.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
26 years experience Family Medicine
Difficult to say: I don't recommend this treatment for my patients. Treatments such as this are not regulated by any outside source, therefore, you may or may not be g ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Ubiquanol: I am unaware of any literature that progibits use of ubiquanol with thyroid medicine. If you are pregnant, congratulations, you still can take ubiquan ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Roy Benaroch
26 years experience Pediatrics
No: I wouldn't. Many could be unsafe-- for example, products with lavender oil have estrogen-like effects, and have caused feminization of boys when used ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Omobola Oji
32 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: They are beneficial for people involved in a lot of physical activity however too much of it can cause kidney damage by increasing the workload of kid ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Maffezzoli
Specializes in Internal Medicine
From web Md: Bugleweed is a plant. People use the parts that grow above the ground for medicine. Bugleweed is used to lower high levels of thyroid hormones (hyp ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Expired vitamins: It is not wise to use any expired vitamins or medicines, as this is an unsafe practice, which could cause you harm.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes it is safe: It is not clear if effective, but not harmful.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
36 years experience Holistic Medicine
Not effective: Tell your frined to save his or her money. There are no short-cuts, other than surgery, to losing weight and keeping it off. Your friend has to change ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Wrong question: After us not the issue here. The question to ask is will these products prove effective? The answer yo that question is no. These products will not le ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely: Impossible to exclude any and all possibilities but am not aware of any otc substance which will affect the sex of a baby.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
No contraindication: Any change in lifestyle can place a stress on ones life, including the start if a new diet. As long as you deal with the stress of the new diet, and ... Read More

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