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Who should take black cohosh?

Who should take black cohosh?

It depends: Menopausal women with hot flashes are the ones who most frequently use black cohosh. However, those with breast cancer, other hormone-sensitive cancers, kidney transplants, and liver disease possibly should not use this herb. Please consult with your own physician about your personal situation. For more info: http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/blackcohosh-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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Is black cohosh safe to take?

Is black cohosh safe to take?

Yes: As long as you don't have breast cancer, history of blood clots or liver disease. Black cohosh can help with the transition of challenging menopause. It's best to take the lowest dose possible for the shortest time possible. Great question! Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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How long does it take for black cohosh to start working?

How long does it take for black cohosh to start working?

Good question: The question is if black cohosh really works at all. Some studies suggest it may help menopausal symptoms--others have found little benefit. It's pretty harmless so you can try it a few weeks and see. ...Read more

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What is the difference between standardized black cohosh and black cohosh root?

What is the difference between standardized black cohosh and black cohosh root?

Consistent activity: Like all herbs, black cohosh root contains a large variety of chemicals. The best-studied standardized form, remifemin, has an extract equivalent to 20 mg of root containing 1 mg of 26-deoxyactein, one of the active ingredients. One can take the root instead of the extract but the amount of 26-deoxyactein will be less certain. See http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/blackcohosh-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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I bought black cohosh pils of 540 mg, how many can I take a day? And what time is it best to take?

Non standard: A daily dose of 40 to 80 mg standardized pills. For nonstandardized pills, I need to know the brand in order to provide more info. ...Read more

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Have any of you tried black cohosh for menopause?

Have any of you tried black cohosh for menopause?

Yes!: Studies indicate that the active ingredient in remifemin - black cohosh- can reduce hot flashes by up to 50%. Remifemin is actually one of the best studied commercially available black cohosh remedies. This herbal med is safe for women who want or need to avoid estrogen- such as women who have had an estrogen dependent cancer. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for a male taking black cohosh?

What are the side effects for a male taking black cohosh?

Good and bad: Can have estrogenic effects... Some good and some not so good. Great review summary- http://tinyurl. Com/c9defwu. ...Read more

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Can I take black cohosh if I am having hot flushes? How much?

Can I take black cohosh if I am having hot flushes? How much?

Yes, depending. . .: .. . On what other medicines you're taking and medical conditions you have. Please consult your physician first. But in research tests black cohosh (actaea racemosa) has been found to be safe in doses between 40-80 mg/day, for 6 months. The tablets should be standardized to contain 1 mg of 27-deoxyactein. For more info, please see:
http://www. Umm. Edu/altmed/articles/black-cohosh-000226.Htm. ...Read more

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I started taking black cohosh for my hot flashes a few days ago when should I expect its effect

I started taking black cohosh for my hot flashes a few days ago when should I expect its effect

Hard to tell.: Supplements like cohash, soy, chasteberry have estrogen like activity but they are not estrogen and are less likely to help with some of the stronger hot flashes that women have as they transition thru menopause. Some women do find them helpful but many do not. I would think if your are going to see improvement you would see within the first several weeks. Generally felt to be a safe product. ...Read more

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I am a male I want to know if black cohosh and fenugreek can be taken together is there any danger?

I am a male I want to know if black cohosh and fenugreek can be taken together is there any danger?

No danger: Not sure of the benefit, may contradict each other. Could not find much literature of what the black cohash does. ...Read more

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Can black cohosh terminate pregnancy?

Can black cohosh terminate pregnancy?

Black cohosh: It is possible that black cohosh which is a herb can cause a miscarriage early in the pregnancy, but later in the pregnancy it can be used to induce labor at five weeks it should work. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will the herb black cohosh harm an unborn baby?

Will the herb black cohosh harm an unborn baby?

Not advisable: Has not been proven safe to take when you are pregnant, u should wait till after the baby is born and after u are done breast feeding. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience weight gain with black cohosh?

Not normal but occ.: It is not "normal" to experience weight gain with black cohosh but it does occasionally happen. Known side effects include a "low incidence" of weight gain; I was not able to learn just how common this is but it is relatively rare. However, if it is causing you to gain much weight you may want to consider alternatives. See http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/blackcohosh-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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Does black cohosh make pre turm labor and possible miscarage?

Does black cohosh make pre turm labor and possible miscarage?

Unsure: Blue Cohosh is associated with contractions, black Cohosh is different but because it has estrogen like properties, neither is recommended in pregnancy ...Read more

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Can taking black cohosh cause a miscarriage?

Can taking black cohosh cause a miscarriage?

Black Cohosh: Black cohosh can stimulate uterine contractions. In early pregnancy that can result in miscarriage: in late pregnancy, preterm labor. Not advisable to take if pregnant. The dosage that causes miscarriage varies from woman to woman. Best to avoid use during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Would it be recommended to to take black cohosh for periods if I am a teenager?

Would it be recommended to to take black cohosh for periods if I am a teenager?

Black cohosh: There is not enough scientific data that black cohosh is safe for periods in teenagers. No studies have looked at black cohosh in people under 18. Black cohosh contains a small amount of salicylic acid so it should be avoided in those allergic to aspirin. Also black cohosh should be avoided if there is a history of liver disease, genetic blood clotting disorder, endometriosis or fibroids. ...Read more

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How do you use black cohosh to get rid of warts?

How do you use black cohosh to get rid of warts?

Use something else: Some people also apply black cohosh directly on the skin. This is because there was some thought that black cohosh would improve the skin’s appearance. Similarly, people used black cohosh for other skin conditions such as acne, wart removal, and even the removal of moles, but this is seldom done anymore. ...Read more

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Can I take multivitamin for women while taking black cohosh?

Can I take multivitamin for women while taking black cohosh?

Yes: But not much is known about black cohosh. It has estrogen-like properties that can have different effects in different parts of the body. ...Read more

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Been off Prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 weeks can I now take black cohosh and ginkobiloba?

Been off Prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 weeks can I now take black cohosh and ginkobiloba?

Herbal medicine: In general the recommendation is to be 3 weeks of prozac (fluoxetine). But I would suggest to consult with an herbal medicine doctor before you take any of the herbal medications. ...Read more

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Is black cohosh a good remedy for hot flashes due to menopause? Any concerns? Does it increase weight?

Is black cohosh a good remedy for hot flashes due to menopause? Any concerns? Does it increase weight?

Debatable: Black cohosh is used by some to combat hot flashes and insomnia related to menopausal decline. It's mechanism of action is unknown. It was once thought that it had estrogenic effects, but that has since been shown not to be the case. Estrogenic effects could lead to weight gain, but since it doesn't act this way weight gain should not be an issue. ...Read more

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I am going through menopause and began taking black cohosh to relieve symptoms. I have hpv. Is this ok?

I am going through menopause and began taking black cohosh to relieve symptoms. I have hpv. Is this ok?

Probably ok: There were some early studies that showed black cohash could be helpful in alleviating menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes. This should be fine as long as: one takes the lowest effective dose, that dose does not exceed what is recommended by the manufacturer, that there is no interaction with other medications, and that one is being followed medically by their doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take black cohosh to start working? I'm trying to relieve the hot flashes and sweats associated with menopause.

Black cohosh: I disagree with my colleague's opinion about black cohosh, which is not just a "pop" remedy. It does have research supporting its use. A recent example: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and also http://tinyurl. Com/lnovtea you should see some results in a few weeks of consistent dosing. 20 mg of a standardized extract twice daily. If no help, work w/an integrative ob-gyn. ...Read more

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I'm 39 weeks and 2 days. I'm 3 1/2dilated 100%afface station+1 If I take black cohosh pills 540 mg does it help to progress to labor??! If so, h ow pill

I'm 39 weeks and 2 days. I'm 3 1/2dilated 100%afface station+1 If I take black cohosh pills 540 mg does it help to progress to labor??! If so, h ow pill

No: Labor induction is out of your control and sometimes even ours (MD"s) even with Pitocin (oxytocin) Rx use. Mother Nature knows what she is doing as "if the apple is ripe it will fall off the tree". (naturally) ...Read more

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I'm 39 weeks and 2 days. I'm 3 1/2dilated 100%afface station+1 If I take black cohosh pills 540 mg does it help to progress to labor??! If so, how pills

I'm 39 weeks and 2 days. I'm 3 1/2dilated 100%afface station+1 If I take black cohosh pills 540 mg does it help to progress to labor??! If so, how pills

Labor sure to come: Hello,

You are progressing normally and naturally. I know that you are anxious to meet your new family member but be patient. Things happen in this way for a reason. I do not recommend ANY herbal supplement to enhance labor. The fetal brain is basically in control of this. So, put yourself in a good positive mental space and embrace the miracle that you have been chosen to give. ...Read more

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Could vitex black cohosh or dong quai regulate periods?

Could vitex black cohosh or dong quai regulate periods?

Not likely: Neither of these is likely to provide much help with cycle regulation. In fact dong quai can cause blood thinning making periods even worse. ...Read more

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I have been took off of HRT for health reasons, is it still ok to take Black Cohosh, Flaxseed & sage (for flushes)?

I have been took off of HRT for health reasons, is it still ok to take Black Cohosh, Flaxseed & sage (for flushes)?

No problem: Would like to know why you were taken off HRT. Your levels of estrogen (E1, E2, E3), Progesterone & testosterone should be measured by saliva. If low they can be replaced by Bio Identical a Hormone Therapy. Not synthetic (Premarin, etc). No problem taking black cohosh, flax. Many times it is not necessary to replace hormones. Have thyroid and 4 point cortisol (saliva) checked.
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Is surgical abortion safe after taking dong quai and black cohosh?

Is surgical abortion safe after taking dong quai and black cohosh?

Unknown: Because the effects of these herbals are not fully understood, you would be best to wait a week before having any elective procedure to allow any effects to clear from your system. ...Read more

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How much time does it take dong quai/black cohosh to work for miscarriage?

How much time does it take dong quai/black cohosh to work for miscarriage?

Black cohosh?: Many miscarriages will resolve on their own without help. Black cohosh is not typically used for this purpose and probably will not help. If your miscarriage is not resolving, it may be time to seek medical help with your OB/GYN. ...Read more

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Are there any negative side effects to taking black cohosh to induce labor?

Are there any negative side effects to taking black cohosh to induce labor?

Don't do it!: Black cohosh and all other complementary and alternative medications should be completely avoided by everyone because they are unregulated and potentially dangerous with no proven benefit. Even more so for pregnant women, or women hoping to enter labor soon! Please disclose to your obstetrician any of those dangerous drugs you may have been exposed to! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take black cohosh with Clomid (clomiphene) when trying to conceived?

Is it safe to take black cohosh with Clomid (clomiphene) when trying to conceived?

No: Black Cohosh is listed as a hepatotoxin and cases of liver failure requiring transplant have been reported. Just because its "all natural" doesn't mean it's safe. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to use black cohosh? I'm 35w 5d pregnant baby head down but still high.

Is it safe for me to use black cohosh? I'm 35w 5d pregnant baby head down but still high.

If I was your: Obstetrician I would want you to ask me instead of doctors who don't know your personal history. ...Read more

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Might there be any negative side effects to the baby when taking black cohosh to induce labor?

Might there be any negative side effects to the baby when taking black cohosh to induce labor?

What are you thinkin: Taking anything herbal when you are pregnant and certainly trying to use it to induce labor is not advisable. Labor should be induced only when the doctor is standing by. ...Read more

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Can I take exedrin and Mucinex (guaifenesin) d together? And an I take icool and black cohosh together? Thank you.

Yes: You can take these together. There are no significant interactions. However the icool and black cohosh may be a slight duplication in therapy, they both are supposed to minimize symptoms of menopause. ...Read more

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