Top 20 Doctor insights on: Is it safe to use out of date herbal supplements

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Is it safe to use out of date herbal supplements?

Is it safe to use out of date herbal supplements?

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 lost its potency. Whether it's less potent depends on the herb and how you stored the container. Keeping the supplement in a sealed container and putting it in a dark place may help extend its shelf life. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

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


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Are herbal supplements for anxiety and depression - such as kava kava, valerian root, and yerba mate - safe to use with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD?

Are herbal supplements for anxiety and depression - such as kava kava, valerian root, and yerba mate - safe to use with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD?

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 IUD. Just as with all medicines, herbs do have risks and side-effects. ...Read more

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Is it safe 2 use at johns wort w/a "super energy up" herbal supplement from vitamin shoppe? And if so how many mg of St. John's wort is ok take daily?

Is it safe 2 use at johns wort w/a "super energy up" herbal supplement from vitamin shoppe? And if so how many mg of St. John's wort is ok take daily?

No way to know. . .: Unfortunately, in the States, dietary supplements such as herbal supplements etc are not regulated by 3rd party. So there's no guarantee of quality, much less safety & efficacy. With that said, St John's wort appears to be a safe herb (http://goo. Gl/wNd0nD, http://goo. Gl/VQsKpV & http://goo. Gl/qeZLII) although I can't vouch for interactions & safety when used w/other supplements. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are herbal supplements safe and do they work?

Can you tell me, are herbal supplements safe and do they work?

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 response. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take these herbal supplements together?

Is it safe to take these herbal supplements together?

Need more info: Happy to address your concerns about safety taking "these" herbal supplements but you didn't tell us to which ones you are referring. Please elaborate. ...Read more

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Can I use herbal supplements to self-treat diphtheria?

Can I use herbal supplements to self-treat diphtheria?

NO: If you already know the cause of your infection is diphtheria. You are already seeing a doctor. This can be a serious infection. You may need very strong antibiotics to treat this. Continue the treatments prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Natural/herbal supplements that I can use to help with kidney function?

Natural/herbal supplements that I can use to help with kidney function?

Check with md: One must be cautious about using natural medicine for any disease. Some may cause liver and kidney disease if used long term. It is best to check with your doctor before using any natural medicine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix St. John's wort herbal supplements and anti-depressants?

Is it safe to mix St. John's wort herbal supplements and anti-depressants?

St. John's wort: I would not recommend it, especially if the antidepressant boosts Serotonin, such as SSRI or SNRI. ...Read more

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Are herbal supplements safe to take for vascular conditions?

Are herbal supplements safe to take for vascular conditions?

What conditions?: First off, it'd be nice to know what conditions you are referring to. That way I can tell you if those are treated by herbals or not. ...Read more

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Are herbal supplements safe to take along with prozac (fluoxetine)?

Yes: You may find that increasing your intake of vitamin d 2000-5000 units daily and omega 3 fish oils 1200-2400 mg daily you may not even need prozac. Proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise are also known mood enhancers. ...Read more

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What herbal supplements have estrogen in them to use instead of hormone replacement?

What herbal supplements have estrogen in them to use instead of hormone replacement?

Herbal suppliments: Supplements that are derived from or made from plant materials may contain plant sterols that can be converted in the body to estrogens. Black cosh is the commonest of these products, and is found in many over the counter products. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take herbal supplements after having a liver transplant?

Is it safe to take herbal supplements after having a liver transplant?

Some herbs unsafe: The big concern here is that many herbs can interact with the pharmaceuticals used to prevent rejection. Certain herbs are known to be hazardous, but some may be safe. At websites like drugs. Com you can assess known interactions between any meds you are on and herbs. But some herbs, like milk thistle, may reduce toxicity of these meds and thus be ok. See my comment for more info. ...Read more

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Are there herbal supplements that increase thyroid levels for those of us w hypothyroid and suffering frm symptoms still on synthroid (thyroxine)? 2 use carefully!

Are there herbal supplements that increase thyroid levels for those of us w hypothyroid and suffering frm symptoms still on synthroid (thyroxine)? 2 use carefully!

Not recommended: Without a consult with your endocrinologist, you really should not add anything, especially an herbal remedy. This is because the strengh of these supplements is unclear, as is how they may interact with your current meds. If you are still suffering from symptoms, don't give up. Work with your doc to find some balance that works for you. ...Read more

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I am taking herbal supplements fish oil, estrogen, multiple vitamin, hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed oil. Are these safe to take with each other?

I am taking herbal supplements fish oil, estrogen, multiple vitamin, hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed oil. Are these safe to take with each other?

Not really, but why?: Who knows? They may not even be safe by themselves, as you never really know what's in them to begin with. Why are you taking them in the first place. What are you attempting to fix, and how are you going to tell if any of them help -- what criteria are you going to use. They will commonly interact adversely with other supplements and also with prescription meds. Avoid at all costs. ...Read more

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Safe to take herbal supplement with lexapro (escitalopram)?

Safe to take herbal supplement with lexapro (escitalopram)?

You didn't tell us: Which herbal supplement you were referring to. Some can interact with medications. Please either re-ask question with specific supplement information or discuss with your pharmacist or your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I use fenugreek herbal supplement pills while on the Depo-Provera shot?

Can I use fenugreek herbal supplement pills while on the Depo-Provera shot?

Probably: Fenugreek is not listed as one of the supplements that interferes with Depo-Provera. St John's Wort, Bloodroot and Yucca are listed. Herbal supplements do not have to be tested as rigorously as prescription drugs, so there may some risk that has not yet been studied.

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Can hay fever cause tinnitus, I use the herbal supplement clear tinnitus for a week now, can it cure tinnitus? Thank you, frieda van leiden

Can hay fever cause tinnitus, I use the herbal supplement clear tinnitus for a week now, can it cure tinnitus? Thank you, frieda van leiden

No: People with allergic rhinitis are not at increased risk for tinnitus. As far as I am aware, there are no randomized, controlled trials that demonstrate the effectiveness of any treatment for tinnitus of any kind. ...Read more

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What do you think of the use of vitex as a herbal supplement to aid woman with menstrating issues due to pcos?

What do you think of the use of vitex as a herbal supplement to aid woman with menstrating issues due to pcos?

Not much: Vitex has been used in greece for many years, but there is no scientific data to establish it's reliability. Metformin is a more scientific and well studied option. Discuss w/your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Herbal Supplements (Definition)

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