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What are risks of taking prickly pear cactus?

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If you have diabetes, don't take prickly pear cactus supplements unless a doctor says it's safe. You may need to stop taking prickly pear cactus before surgery. Experts don't know if prickly pear cactus is safe for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk with your doctor before you try it, so you know what the side effects may be.

From: Prickly Pear Cactus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Drugs.com: "Prickly Pear.'

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Drugs.com: "Prickly Pear.'

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

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