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Bad Side Effects Of Pre Workout Supplements
I just purchased the pre-workout supplement "c4 extreme" and I was wondering if it has any side effects that I should be aware of? Thanks in advance.
Yes side effects: Read huffington post article about high school athletes requiring surgery for compartment syndrome. Look at ingredients of C4 extreme, if you do not understand the ingredients then avoid them. Make sure your parents aware of this supplement and ask if any family members have high blood pressure or sudden death. Please avoid taking this supplement. ...Read more
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
I recently bought the pre=workout supplement by Force Factor called VolcaNo. Is there any side effects or health risks I should be aware of?
Avoid use: Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, allowing unsafe products, contaminated, and ineffective products to flood our markets and harm otherwise healthy patients. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/sda/sdNavigation.cfm?filter=Volcano&sortColumn=&sd=tainted_supplements_cder&page=1&displayAll=false ...Read more
I want to know if there are any side effects in using pre-workout , green coffee extract and fat burner supplements?
Yes: It depends on the make up of the fat burner supplement. Many over the counter weight loss supplements have stimulants in them. If taken in excess, they can cause palpitations, trouble sleeping, nervousness, etc... I generally do not recommend supplements to lose weight as most are unproven and the best way to lose weight and stay healthy is just plain diet and exercise in moderation. ...Read more
Which protein supplement is better for me. Myofusion or bsn syntha6 isolate.-- side effects as hep b patient. I workout 5-6 days a week.
Depends: Since the supplement industry is not regulated by the fda, the ingredients in supplements do not necessary have to contain what it claims or more so may have other ingredients not listed. With that said, having a blood clot does preclude you from having supplements that can affect your clotting ability, such as vitamin k. If you had a clot in the past, it is important to consult your physician. ...Read more
Yes: Don't know about the urine but you need to know these are not FDA approved because these companies do not do the rigorous testing that is required. There are some actions of these supplements that reduce caloric intake but no product beats your ability to make a choice at each meal about choosing the right food and eating only the amount you need for the day. Visit your meal on half. Simple. ...Read more
Not known for sure: Amino 2222 has several products, and since they are not medications approved by the FDA, Amino 2222 products are probably not tested for interactions and side effects like real medicines are. So, that means nobody really knows what side effects there are. If an Amino 2222 user hears of some interaction or thinks he is getting a side effect, he can visit his primary care doctor. ...Read more
Are there any natural supplements with anti-inflammatory properties but no bad side effects? If so, how do I go about choosing one that works/is safe?
No free lunch: There's no such thing as a free lunch in medicine. In other words, for any desired benefit from drug or surgery, there's always potential risk but it's not a guarantee of side effect either. OTOH, dietary supplements aren't required to warn you & thus tend to hype & mislead. Studies suggest benefit from turmeric, green tea, ginger, rosemary, cat's claw, devil's claw & willow bark (aspirin). Check ...Read more
Help! Need to know if there's any weight loss pill or supplement that will be safe, work and have no bad side effects for me?
Weight loss drugs: There are numerous weight loss drugs and herbal supplements on the market. However, most physicians and dieticians would recommend healthy eating and exercise over taking any type of drug (which can have side effects, especially herbal supplements that are not regulated by the fda). Weight loss comes from burning off more calories than you eat. Personally, i never recommend diet pills for patients. ...Read more
What happens if one is not a body builder and doesn't plan to be, are supplements a good way to build body muscle without side effects?
Can you tell me if one is not a body builder and doesn't plan to be, are supplements a good way to build body muscle without side effects?
Not recommended : Supplements can be useful if you are an experienced bodybuilder on a very strict diet to insure adequate critical nutrients. A sound balanced diet and regular aerobic exercise such as jogging, swimming or cycling together with upper body machines using moderate weights — 100 lbs. (45.3 kgm) or less three times a week will quickly put you in great shape. No food is a substitute for doing the work. ...Read more
Is there a natural supplement that can make your butt bigger a pill preferably that doesn't have side effects
There : There isn't a supplement that would specifically enlarge the buttocks. ...Read more
Hey doctor! I don't know if this is a good question or nt, but is there any side effects for supplements and nutrition if I use them as structured? Thank you!
Not enough info: I'm sorry, but from your message I don't know what supplements or nutrition you're asking about.-- or what you mean by "use them as structured." there are all kinds of supplements, with all kinds of variable effects. If you can share a little more specifics, we can try to help. Thanks. ...Read more
Is there any herbal supplement s which I can take in reducing my obesity but please no side effects please help me?
Multiple: The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones. However, supplemental calcium can also contribute to calcification of arteries which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Speak to your physician about how to best meet your calcium needs without increasing your risks. Natural sources of calcium are usually the safest. ...Read more
Yes, of course: All supplements and all medications may cause side effects in some people some time. Supplements that have more side effects may cause problems in many people. Anything used as a supplement or medication that hasn't been scientifically well-tested may cause both uncertain amounts of desired effects and also unexpected side effects. ...Read more
When consumed in high enough amounts, for a long enough time, or in combination with certain other substances, all chemicals can be toxic, including nutrients, plant components, and other biologically active ingredients. (Official US Government FDA website, accessed Oct. 2011
The worst offenders of supplement contamination cases are found among weight loss and sexual enhancement products, and sports enhancement and body building supplements (News & Events -Press Announcements, Dec. 15, 2010, from Official US Government FDA website, accessed Feb. 2011; Cohen, et al., 2014).
Although herbs and botanicals oftentimes do contain essential nutrients for human life -such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids- they do consists of many other non-essential constituents, frequently in dominant ways.
Because of the presence of numerous plant components which are foreign to the human physiology, herbs, in general, tend to be less safe than vitamins and minerals for instance. The official data corroborates that herbs and botanicals tend to generate the most adverse effects of dietary supplements (American Association of Poison Control Centers, 1983-2008; GAO, 2009).
The herbs kava and lobelia have a high risk of causing dietary supplement side effects, including -at large doses- coma and death, which prompted a number of countries (but not the USA) to ban their sale (GAO, 2009). Yohimbe has caused some deaths, ginseng too has been implicated with deaths (American Association of Poison Control Centers, 1983-2008), and ma huang (ephedra) has been banned by the FDA in 2004 after a few people had died.
In many or even most of these case, however, the herbs had not been used as indicated, or as traditionally recommended. Ma huang, for example, has been used safely for thousands of years in Chinese medicine, primarily for respiratory afflictions such as asthma, or congestive issues due to the common cold. In the cases of death involving the herb it was inappropriately used for weight loss and as a stimulant to improve athletic performance, frequently as a highly concentrated extract rather than in the form and at the safety platform of a whole herb, as traditional application suggests. (Weight loss pills frequently contain concentrated botanical extracts that may pose a serious danger
This means that the relatively few cases where people experience negative effects of dietary supplements are almost always tied to products compromised in quality, or improper product use.
Drug-nutrient interactions tend to get underreported and minimized. According to information and data retrieved from research, nutritional supplement-drug interactions are most commonly encountered with herbs and botanicals
Other examples. Calcium can lower the absorption of the antibiotic tetracycline, reducing the drug's therapeutic potential. Excessive vitamin A can cause liver damage, Excessive vitamin D can cause kidney stones and calcifications.
Kava and valerian act as sedatives and can increase the effects of anesthetics and other medications used during surgery. (Official US Government FDA website, accessed Oct. 2011) Typical herbal or botanical offenders that have been identified are Ginkgo biloba, St. John's Wort, valerian, kava, garlic, saw palmetto, ginseng, ginger, willow, and fenugreek St. John's Wort can increase serotonin levels excessively when combined with certain anti-depressants, such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (Peng, et al., 2004). It can also adversely interact with blood-thinning medications and other cardiovascular drugs. Because Ginkgo biloba has an anticoagulant or blood-thinning effect (decreases platelet aggregation), it could lead to adverse events of increased bleeding when combined with blood-thinning drugs. Ginseng, garlic, vitamin E also have slight anticoagulant effects.
The majority of health supplement-drug interactions are of low relevance. To increase your likelihood of safety utilizing herbals there are certain common sense rules.
1. Listen to your advisor carefully and provide full disclosure of any drugs you take (over the counter as well)
2. Share with your physician or dentist all vitamins and herbal information.
3. More is not better follow the rules.
4. Watch out for discounted vitamins. Buy a high quality name brand since the FDA does not regulate the supplement industry and only steps in with serious side effects or deaths.
If you compare this to the facts about drug-drug interactions you can clearly see the obvious truth about dietary supplements and drug interactions are uncommon. (rather than the misleading anti-supplement propaganda).
Stevan Cordas DO MPH
Associate Clinical Professor UNTHSC TCOM Fort Worth ...Read more
Mostly GI Distress: Side effects from taking iron supplements are most often diarrhea or constipation and epigastric abdominal discomfort. Taken after a meal, side effects decrease, but there is an increased risk of interaction with other substances. Black stools are not uncommon, but harmless. Liquid form can discolor the teeth and intramuscular injections can be painful and leave a brown discoloration. ...Read more
If taken in large amounts, vitamins, mineral can have adverse effects. For example, too much Vitamin A or D can cause severe headaches.
I recommend having a professional take a look at the food supplements you are taking. Creatinine and too much protein can affect your Kidney. Best to be safe- see a professional ...Read more
Gas, bloating: Probiotics' side effects, if they occur, tend to be mild and digestive (such as gas or bloating) ...Read more
Not at all.: The only pre-workout supplement anyone needs is water. ...Read more