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cat's claw (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking cat's claw ()?

You should not use this product if you are allergic to cat's claw.

Ask a doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider if it is safe for you to use this product if you have:

Do not use cat's claw if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether cat's claw passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this product without telling your healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.

How should I take cat's claw ()?

When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.

If you choose to take cat's claw, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Cat's claw may be available in tablet, capsule, liquid, tincture, extract, or tea formulations. Do not use different formulations of cat's claw at the same time without medical advice. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of cat's claw.

Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, liquids, teas, and others) of cat's claw at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of cat's claw.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using cat's claw. Cat's claw can interfere with your blood pressure during or after surgery.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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