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In 1st trimester -- grapefruit seed extract safe during pregnancy?

In 1st trimester -- grapefruit seed extract safe during pregnancy?

Topical use only: German studies of grapefruit seed extract have shown several of these products to be adulterated with benzethonium chloride, a synthetic antimicrobial often used in cosmetics, as well as the preservatives triclosan and methylparaben. Http://tinyurl. Com/n9xscvh topical use on nail fungus, etc may be okay, but don't use internally. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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I'm wondering is grapefruit seed extract and/or elderberry safe during pregnancy?

I'm wondering is grapefruit seed extract and/or elderberry safe during pregnancy?

No, they're not: Elderberry so far has insufficient studies of pregnant women using it to determine safety to fetuses. German studies of grapefruit seed extract, have shown 5 out of 6 products to be adulterated with benzethonium chloride, a synthetic antimicrobial often used in cosmetics, as well as the preservatives triclosan and methylparaben. Topical use on nail fungus, etc may be okay, but don't use internally. ...Read more

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Is Grapefruit seed extract without benzethonium chloride and no synthetic preservatives safe during pregnancy?

Is Grapefruit seed extract without benzethonium chloride and no synthetic preservatives safe during pregnancy?

No clinical trials: There aren't any clinical trials showing that grapefruit seed extract is safe in pregnancy, so its difficult to know for sure. Some seeds of fruits are dangerous though. For example apple seeds contain small amounts of the poison cyanide. ...Read more

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Chronic sinusitus since using cpap. I keep it clean. Cpap tech says it ok to put 1 drop of grapefruit seed extract in h2o chamber nightly. Is it safe?

Chronic sinusitus since using cpap. I keep it clean. Cpap tech says it ok to put 1 drop of grapefruit seed extract in h2o chamber nightly. Is it safe?

Depends: It is a popular method of sanitizing the h2o chamber. However if you look at the science, the evidence that allows docs to recommend its use as an antimicrobial agent. Not quite
scientists investigated gse. The naturalgse is not an antimicrobial agent. Most of the commercial gse preparations were contaminated with chemicals that have antibacterial properties. Gentle soap ; use distilled h20 ok. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use co enzyme q10, salicylic acid, sodium laureth sulfate, passionflower, pineapple, ginseng, grapefruit extracts topically during pregnancy?

Is it ok to use co enzyme q10, salicylic acid, sodium laureth sulfate, passionflower, pineapple, ginseng, grapefruit extracts topically during pregnancy?

No.: Any medication that is not necessary to, treat a medical problem should be avoided in pregnancy. This includes topicals because some of those ingredients will be absorbed into the bloodstream. Why take a chance. Stick with a good moisturizing lotion. ...Read more

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Is extract and/or elderberry safe during pregnancy?

Is extract and/or elderberry safe during pregnancy?

Insufficient studies: There aren't enough studies to reliably answer. One study reviewing side effects in pregnant women using botanical supplements, showed 1 woman taking elderberry had GI distress -- out of 150 general surveys completed. Http://tinyurl. Com/m5q9g37 use of a combination product containing elderberry showed no increase in fetal malformations: http://tinyurl. Com/mkqss5n be safe and avoid for now. ...Read more

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Are pomegranate extract capsules safe to take during pregnancy?

Are pomegranate extract capsules safe to take during pregnancy?

Probably: Research suggests that pomegranate is safe in pregnancy. In fact, it may prevent some pregnancy complications. Https://medicine. Wustl. Edu/news/headlines/pomegranate-juice-may-prevent-pregnancy-complications/ There isn't a lot of research on the extract, but its probably safe. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Bought a Chapstick with sea buckthorn extract in it. I've never heard of it before, is it safe during pregnancy?

Bought a Chapstick with sea buckthorn extract in it. I've never heard of it before, is it safe during pregnancy?

No data: There are no studies on the safety of sea buckthorn in pregnancy. However, since you are using it in very small quantities on your lips its unlikely to hurt your baby but this is a guess. If you want to avoid even the smallest risk, you shouldn't take it. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is stevia, splenda, or nectresse (erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, molasses) or aspartame safe during pregnancy?

Is stevia, splenda, or nectresse (erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, molasses) or aspartame safe during pregnancy?

Generally yes: There is no specific problem w/aspartame in pregnancy according to the nih. It does not cross the placenta, and is not a risk to you unless you have phenylketonuria - a rare genetic disorder. However, it is always prudent to limit all meds, supplements and the like during pregnancy except as instructed by your ob>. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take DHA supplement with rosemary extract in it during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take DHA supplement with rosemary extract in it during pregnancy?

Ok, probably: As indicated by other responses, no studies ever done (or likely to!). But, from what I know, I would be ok with this supplement. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a tooth pulled/extracted during pregnancy? I have a broken tooth that needs to be removed it is causing my whole right side pain

Is it safe to have a tooth pulled/extracted during pregnancy? I have a broken tooth that needs to be removed it is causing my whole right side pain

During pregnancy: Most patients and unfortunately even some dentists shy away from proper dental care for pregnant women. Any elective treatment can\should be postponed but all emergency and\or necessary dental care including extractions can usually be performed with proper precautions and by competent dentists. You, your dentist and your ob\gyn should consult with each other. Often, no treatment is worse for all. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner with chamomile, aloe Vera and Passion flower extracts during pregnancy?

Is it safe to use Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner with chamomile, aloe Vera and Passion flower extracts during pregnancy?

Shampoos and pregnan: This is external and is mainly water and detergents. These other ingredients are in small amounts, and unless your planning to drink the bottle, should be no risk to you or the fetus ...Read more

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Is this carb blocker safe during pregnancy : white kidney bean (phaseolus vulgaris) extract 500mg, anti caking agent (silicon dioxide), hypromellose?

NO: Any diet related supplement during pregnancy should be considered unsafe. The word "diet" should not be use during pregnancy. Weight loss is not a safe approach during pregnancy. Please consult your OB gyn regarding proper nutritional approaches during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about headaches & chest pain while taking nutribiotic grapefruit seed extract?

Can you tell me about headaches & chest pain while taking nutribiotic grapefruit seed extract?

Forget about it!!!: Why are you taking supplements that have not had any placebo controlled, double blind studies that prove its worth (like most medicines have to do?) and how about interaction with other needed medications?
Back to headaches and chest pain: please have both of them checked by your pcp, soon! ...Read more

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Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) vs Grapefruit Juice. The juice has some implications for medications. Does GSE have the same implications?

No, however...: Good question. The chemicals in grapefruit juice that interact with medications include naringin, bergamottin and dihydroxybergamottin. These are not found in significant amounts in Grapefruit seed extract (GSE). While pure GSE is a safe antimicrobial, I would be cautious about internal use as many products are adulterated- see http://tinyurl. Com/zxcodbt
See my comment for further advice. ...Read more

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How can I use grapefruit seed extract for sore throats?

How can I use grapefruit seed extract for sore throats?

Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet. ...Read more

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Does taking grapefruit seed extract really work against parasites?

Does taking grapefruit seed extract really work against parasites?

Unknown: Grapefruit seed extract has been used for ascaris and oxyuris, but there are no studies to indicate whether it works or not. ...Read more

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Can grapefruit seed extract cause thyroid storm?

Can grapefruit seed extract cause thyroid storm?

No effect: No. There is not much evidence that grapefruit seed extract has any medicinal properties. Some contaminants in it from manufacturing may have some effects, but nothing involving the thyroid, and certainly not something as severe as thyroid storm. ...Read more

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Could grapefruit seed extract effect antidepressants?

Could grapefruit seed extract effect antidepressants?

Grapefruit juice: Can impact levels of Tegretol, trazodone
quetiapine, fluvoxamin, buspar, halcion, valium, sonata, (zaleplon) xanax, & versed (psychotropic meds & sedatives).

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Can I take oregano oil capsules as well as drops of grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse?

Can I take oregano oil capsules as well as drops of grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse?

Start with saline: Oregano oil and grapefruit seed extract are thought to have antimicrobial effects; however, there is little evidence that using them in a nasal rinse is any better than simple salt water nasal rinses. Their risks in causing irritation to the nasal lining or allergic reactions are also poorly known at this time. ...Read more

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Grapefruit seed extract for abscessed tooth, does this work?

Grapefruit seed extract for abscessed tooth, does this work?

As much as: Grapefruit seed extract would work as much as a band aid on a leaky water pipe. Infections can spread and cause serious complications. It's not smart to experiment or postpone proper treatment in these cases. See your dentist for an appropriate antibiotic than we know works and definitive treatment to remove the cause of the infection. ...Read more

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What is grapefruit seed extract good for?

What is grapefruit seed extract good for?

Anti-Oxidant: Thought to block the mutation (and possibly) aging of cells, these effects are NOT demonstrated by SCIENTIFICALLY BASED medical studies.

BUT I LOVE Grapefruit anyway! ...Read more

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Is it ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily for a few month's in a row?

Is it ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily for a few month's in a row?

Grape or grapefruit?: Grape seed extract may help with chronic venous insufficiency, high cholesterol, reduces swelling caused by injury, helps with eye disease related to diabetes, and contains antioxidants. Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a substance derived from the seeds, membranes, and the pulp of grapefruit and is used as a broad-spectrum, non-toxic, antimicrobial product. What's the goals of therapy in UR case? ...Read more