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Doctor insights on: Side Effects Of Black Cohosh Root Extract

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Dr. Robert Patterson Dr. Patterson
Family Medicine
39 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias Dr. Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
22 years in practice
National University of Athens Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Charles Davant Dr. Davant
Family Medicine
45 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Lawrence Schappa Dr. Schappa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Is standardize black cohosh safe to use for menepause symptoms? On Levrothroxine 125 mg in AM. Total Thyroidectomy and celexa (citalopram) Any Side effects?

Is standardize black cohosh safe to use for menepause symptoms?  On Levrothroxine  125 mg in AM.  Total Thyroidectomy and celexa (citalopram) Any Side effects?

Safe but effective?: To date, the use of the herbal medication, black cohash, used as directed, 20mg daily, has been safe but recent large randomized studies have not shown it to be statistically effective in relieving menopausal symptoms. Like other herbal medications, the long term use of these drugs has not been throughly studied. There is no known contraindication using black cohosh with your other medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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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

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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After taking black cohosh for 10 days i had painful left sided cramping for two days sometimes both if my ovris aching high temps then drop after.Why?

After taking black cohosh for 10 days i had painful left sided cramping for two days sometimes both if my ovris aching high temps then drop after.Why?

Menstrual cramping: is both hormonal and prostaglandin induced. You must be examined by your GYN and placed on NSAID and hormonal therapy. Until seen and examined I would recommend OTC Alve or Adil if not allergic.. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz Dr. Gilberg-Lenz
Obstetrics & Gynecology
21 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Clarence Lyons Dr. Lyons
Family Medicine
16 years in practice
Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
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What are advantages of black cohosh for perimenopause? Doseage? What time of day do you dose?

What are advantages of black cohosh for perimenopause? Doseage? What time of day do you dose?

Don't recommend that: I do not like black cohosh. Some people have had serious liver problems after taking it. ...Read more

Dr. James Gildner Dr. Gildner
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale Dr. Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
69 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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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

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Francine Yep Dr. Yep
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Charles Davant Dr. Davant
Family Medicine
45 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Erik Suh Dr. Suh
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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Dr. Guolin Wen Dr. Wen
Pharmacology
22 years in practice
Medical Center of Fudan University
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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

Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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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