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Who should not take licorice ()?
Do not take licorice without first talking to your doctor if you have
You may not be able to take licorice, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Talk to your doctor before taking licorice if you have any other medical conditions, allergies (especially to plants), or if you take other medicines or herbal/health supplements. Licorice may not be recommended in some situations.
There is no information available regarding the use of licorice by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.
How should I take licorice ()?
The use of licorice 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 licorice, 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.
Licorice is available in pill formulations, powered or crushed forms, liquid drops, and tea formulations.
Do not take more of this product than is directed. Too much licorice could be dangerous. Also, do not take licorice for longer than 6 weeks. The use of licorice at high doses (over 50 g per day) and/or for longer than 6 weeks may cause low blood levels of potassium, high blood levels of sodium, water retention, increased blood pressure, heart problems, and blood problems.
Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, topical formulations, teas, tinctures, and others) of licorice 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 licorice.
Store licorice as directed on the package. In general, licorice should be protected from light and moisture.
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