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What are some precautions for taking evening primrose oil?

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Before taking evening primrose oil, or any other supplement, talk to your doctor about potential risks and drug interactions. Even so-called natural supplements should be used with caution.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate dietary supplements. But it treats them like foods rather than medications. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before selling them on the market.

From: Evening Primrose Oil WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Standard: "Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis L.)"

Georgetown University Medical Center: "Evening Primrose."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Fan, Y-Y. , September 1998. The Journal of Nutrition

Mayo Clinic: "Evening Primrose."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Standard: "Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis L.)"

Georgetown University Medical Center: "Evening Primrose."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Evening Primrose Oil."

Fan, Y-Y. , September 1998. The Journal of Nutrition

Mayo Clinic: "Evening Primrose."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

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