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fennel (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using fennel ()?

Do not take fennel without first talking to your doctor if you have epilepsy or another seizure disorder or if you take any medication to treat seizures. Fennel may increase the risk of seizures.

Before taking fennel, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have allergies (especially to celery or other plants), have any medical condition, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Fennel may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not take fennel without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether fennel will harm an unborn baby.

Fennel has been used to stimulate lactation. Talk to your doctor or other health care professional before taking fennel if you are breast-feeding a baby.

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

How should I take fennel ()?

The use of fennel 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 fennel, 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 fennel with a full glass of water.

To ensure the correct dose, measure the liquid forms of fennel with a dropper or a dose-measuring spoon or cup.

Some forms of fennel can be brewed to form a tea for drinking.

Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, liquids, teas, and others) of fennel 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 fennel.

Store fennel as directed on the package. In general, fennel should be protected from light.

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