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Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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What are the benefits of evening primrose oil capsules?

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
20 years in practice
115K people helped
What are the benefits of evening primrose oil capsules?

Not clear: The data on evening primrose oil is spotty at best- some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast symptoms, menopause and pms- i've actually seen anecdotal evidence of decreased mastalgia (breast pain). One thing i haven't seen is any convincing evidence of its harm! ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Could people with systemic autoimmune diseases like lupus/ra benefit from taking evening primrose oil? What about fish oil?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Could people with systemic autoimmune diseases like lupus/ra benefit from taking evening primrose oil? What about fish oil?

Drug interactions: Even over the counter and herbal medications can interact with other medications you may be taking. Please do not take either of these without discussing the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
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What is evening primrose oil capsules used for? What is its advantages?

Dr. Randy Baker
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
35 years in practice
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What is evening primrose oil capsules used for? What is its advantages?

Many things, safe: Evening primrose oil is a source of gla, an essential omega 6 fatty acid. It is used for many things including eczema, arthritis, pms and diabetic neuropathy. It is very safe. Like all supplements and meds, it does not help everyone and more research is needed. See http://nccam.Nih.Gov/health/eveningprimrose and http://www.Naturalalternativeremedy.Com/10-health-benefits-of-evening-primrose-oil/. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Is it ok for a male to consume evening primrose oil ?

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Is it ok for a male to consume evening primrose oil ?

Yes, of course: But do not expect to derive any benefit of any kind for your money. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
20 years in practice
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Can evening primrose oil improve my health?

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
20 years in practice
115K people helped
Can evening primrose oil improve my health?

Not clear: Evening primrose oil is a source of the essential omega six fatty acid gla- and has been shown to help with the itching of eczema. There is some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast symptoms, menopause and pms- i've actually seen anecdotal evidence of decreased mastalgia (breast pain). One thing i haven't seen is any convincing evidence of its harm. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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What does evening primrose oil do?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
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What does evening primrose oil do?

Let me help: The oil is extracted from the flower seeds for most medicinal uses. The oil contains 25 percent essential fatty acids, which often are promoted for their health benefits, including linoleic acid, or la, and gamma-linolenic acid or gla. The most common uses of evening primrose oil include treatment of skin condition like eczema and dermatitis as well as diabetic neuropathy treatment and arthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
20 years in practice
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Will evening primrose oil help a steenager with moods?

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
20 years in practice
115K people helped

No evidence: I wouldn't rely on evening primrose for your teen's moods. Evening primrose oil is a source of essential omega 6 fatty acid gla. There's some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast pain, menopause & pms. In contrast, omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, show promise in battling mood disorders. Pms may be helped slightly (poor quality data). It may interact w ssri antidepressants. ...Read more

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Dr. Seema Patel
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
22 years in practice
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Is it okay to take evening primrose oil?

Dr. Seema Patel
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
22 years in practice
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Is it okay to take evening primrose oil?

Depends: Oil of primrose is often used for pms and has an additional fat for those who need it. It is usually fine to take and causes few symptoms, perhaps GI is the most common. You need about 1-2 grams for it to help with pms. It does not help everyone but it is worth a try rather than a prescription drug. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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Can men take evening primrose oil pills?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped
Can men take evening primrose oil pills?

Why?: The bigger question is why on earth would you want to? They are a waste of money. ...Read more

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