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DandelionsNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: People with an inflamed or infected gallbladder, or blocked bile ducts, should avoid using dandelion. People who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, chamomile or daisies should avoid all parts of the dandelion.
Warning 2 - Antidiabetics: May increase the effects of oral antidiabetics.
Warning 3 - Antihypertensives: May increase the effects of antihypertensive medications.
Warning 4 - Diuretics: The use of dandelion with diuretics may increase diuresis, which can lead to fluid loss and electrolyte imbalances.
Warning 5 - Insulin: Dandelion may increase the hypoglycemic effects of insulin.
Warning 6 - Lithium: Toxicity may occur if dandelion is use with lithium.
Used as a natural health remedy: dandelions are used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
Side Effects of DandelionsThere are no known side effects of using dandelions in moderation and it is generally considered to be safe. However, consuming large amounts have caused a few rare reports of upset stomach and diarrhea, and some people are allergic to the plant.
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