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What precautions should I take before I try herbal products for my diabetes?

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�Discuss any drugs you are thinking of using, including herbal products, with your doctor before taking them.

�If you experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, or skin rashes, stop taking the herbal product and notify your doctor immediately.

�Avoid supplements made with more than one herb.

�Beware of commercial claims of what herbal products can do. Get information from scientific-based sources.

�Select brands carefully. Only purchase brands that list the herb's common and scientific name, the name and address of the manufacturer, a batch and lot number, expiration date, dosage guidelines, and potential side effects.

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American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCE:

American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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