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fenugreek (cont.)

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

Do not take fenugreek without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder or diabetes, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat a blood clotting disorder or diabetes. Fenugreek has been reported to affect blood clotting and blood sugar levels.

Also, talk to your doctor before taking fenugreek if you have any other medical conditions, if you take medicines or herbal/health supplements other than those previously listed, or if you suffer from allergies (especially to plants). Fenugreek may not be recommended in some situations.

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

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

There is no information available regarding the use of fenugreek 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 fenugreek ()?

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

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

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

Topical forms of fenugreek are intended for external use only.

Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, topical formulations, teas, tinctures, and others) of fenugreek 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 fenugreek.

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

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