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What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking raspberry ()?
Before taking raspberry, 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. Raspberry may not be recommended in some situations.
Do not take raspberry without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether raspberry will harm an unborn baby.
Do not take raspberry without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether raspberry will harm a nursing infant.
There is no information available regarding the use of raspberry by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.
How should I take raspberry ()?
The use of raspberry 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 raspberry, 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 raspberry with a full glass of water.
To ensure the correct dose, measure the liquid forms of raspberry with a dropper or a dose-measuring spoon or cup.
Some forms of raspberry can be brewed to form a tea for drinking.
Topical forms of raspberry are intended for external use only.
Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, liquids, teas, and others) of raspberry 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 raspberry.
Store raspberry as directed on the package. In general, raspberry should be protected from light.
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