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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking chaparral ()?
Do not take chaparral without first talking to your doctor if you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAO inhibitor) including isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). Chaparral may interact with these medicines.
Before taking chaparral, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have allergies (especially to plants), have any medical condition, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Chaparral may not be recommended in some situations.
Do not take chaparral without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether chaparral will be harmful to an unborn baby.
Do not take chaparral without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is not known whether chaparral will be harmful to a nursing infant.
There is no information available regarding the use of chaparral by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.
How should I take chaparral ()?
The use of chaparral in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.
Since the efficacy of chaparral has not been proven and its use has been associated with serious liver damage, ingestion of chaparral is generally not recommended.
If you choose to take chaparral, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Standardized extracts, tinctures, and solid formulations of herbal/health supplements may provide a more reliable dose of the product.
Take the pill forms of chaparral with a full glass of water.
To ensure the correct dose, measure the liquid forms of chaparral with a dropper or a dose-measuring spoon or cup.
Some forms of chaparral can be brewed to form a tea for drinking.
Topical forms of chaparral are intended for external use only.
Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, liquids, teas, and others) of chaparral 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 chaparral.
Store chaparral as directed on the package. In general, chaparral should be protected from light.
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