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peppermint (cont.)

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

Do not take peppermint without first talking to your doctor if you have a blockage of the gallbladder or bile ducts, gallbladder inflammation, gallstones, hiatal hernia, or liver damage.

Before taking peppermint, 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. Peppermint may not be recommended in some situations.

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

Do not take peppermint without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether peppermint will harm a nursing infant.

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

How should I take peppermint ()?

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

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

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

Topical forms of peppermint are intended for external use only.

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

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

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