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Herbal supplements can cause unexpected and dangerous side effects
People use herbal supplements because they want to feel better, stay healthier or improve their quality of life. Some get the hoped-for benefit. But for others, a supplement that they expected to be helpful turns out to be harmful instead.
“In fact, there is scant science on the safety of a number of herbal products,” says Roman Matlaga, DO, LVPG Internal Medicine–Steamtown. Unlike medications, supplements do not need FDA approval to be sold. Yet some can have strong effects on the body. At times, they may cause serious symptoms or dangerous reactions.
The risk for unwanted effects is higher if you:
“Herbal products labeled “all natural” are not necessarily safer,” Dr. Matlaga says. “In fact, they may not have been refined to remove components that could be harmful.”
Be safe, not sorry. Talk with your doctor or clinician before using any herbal supplement. Below are a few examples of why that’s crucial:
Treat herbal supplements with the respect they deserve. If you take a supplement and experience unwanted effects – such as itching, persistent vomiting or severe belly pain – stop using it immediately and seek medical care.
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