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wild yam (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking wild yam ()?

Before taking wild yam, 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. Wild yam may not be recommended in some situations.

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

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

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

How should I take wild yam ()?

The use of wild yam 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 wild yam, 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 wild yam with a full glass of water.

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

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

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

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