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clove (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking clove ()?

Do not use clove without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat a blood clotting disorder. Clove has been reported to affect blood clotting.

Talk to your doctor before taking clove if you have any other medical conditions, if you take medicines or herbal/health supplements, or if you suffer from allergies (especially to plants). Clove may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not take clove supplements without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. It is not known whether clove will harm an unborn baby. The amount of clove customarily used in foods is not reported to be problematic.

Do not take clove without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether clove will harm a nursing infant. The amount of clove customarily used in foods is not reported to be problematic.

There is no information available regarding the use of clove supplements by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take clove ()?

The use of clove 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.

If you choose to take clove, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Generally, is used topically.

Standardized extracts or oils of clove may provide a more reliable dose of the product.

Store clove as directed on the package. In general, clove should be protected from light and moisture.

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