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Is It Safe To Use Out Of Date Herbal Supplements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
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
Are herbal supplements for anxiety and depression - such as kava kava, valerian root, and yerba mate - safe to use with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD?
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
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
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
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
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
No: No, not in my opinion.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
What do you think of the use of vitex as a herbal supplement to aid woman with menstrating issues due to pcos?
I have a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD and want to take a herbal supplement called maca root to boost energy and help with some side effects of iud. Is this a safe mix?
Is it safe to take an herbal supplement (includes vitamins E, B6, & A) while on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)? Could the herbal supplement interfere with the antiobiotics??
This should be ok.: Just to be safe, separate the dosing interval by 4-6 hours. ...Read more
Purity is a problem: Up to 40% of supplements are not what they appear to be. They may contain impurities, contaminants or unlisted ingredients. In addition, the dosage may not be standardized. A few companies have their supplements and global sources independently tested ensuring a quality product. The german commission e provides reliable information about a variety of herbal treatments. ...Read more
By being careful: If you are taking any medicines, you need to check with your doctor before beginning supplements. Don't over do. More is not necessarily better, and is sometimes distinctly worse. On the other hand, taking too little is often worthless and ineffective. Use a reputable, good quality supplement, and follow the dosing directions exactly. ...Read more
Very bit topic: Many herbal supplements can be beneficial to health. However, the herbal supplement industry is not well- regulated in this country. Just as with medications - herbal supplements may have contraindications, drug interactions and potential side effects. So - approach with knowledge. ...Read more
Highly Variable: This is like asking how long pharmaceutical drugs stay in your body. Some stay for only a few hours and some stay for several days, and the same is true for herbs. Each herb has its own half life and unique metabolism. ...Read more
No: The federal drug administration (fda) does not test drugs or supplements. The fda evaluates research studies on medications to make sure they are effective and safe. Supplements are regulated under a separate law and don't have to be shown to be effective, but the manufacturers can't make claims about how they affect health. ...Read more
Herbal supplements: I would need to know what herbal supplements you are taking. I would suggest that you only take herbal supplements that are pharmaceutical grade! Otherwise you have know idea what per cent of the label is in the supplement you are taking. ...Read more
Depends on herb: Herbal supplements are not all the same, and the time required for your body to process them differs too. If you can please specify which herbs you're asking about, we can try to be more helpful here. ...Read more
Healthful Botanical: Herbal supplements are botanicals used to treat health conditions or to maintain health. ...Read more