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slippery elm (cont.)

Who should not take slippery elm ()?

Before taking slippery elm, 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. Slippery elm may not be recommended in some situations.

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

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

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

How should I take slippery elm ()?

The use of slippery elm 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 use slippery elm, 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 slippery elm with a full glass of water.

Allow the lozenge forms of slippery elm to dissolve slowly in your mouth.

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

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

Topical forms of slippery elm are intended for external use only.

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

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

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