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What precautions should you take with prickly pear cactus?

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Prickly pear cactus is often used in Mexican cuisine. It’s also used as folk medicine. It may cause minor side effects, including:

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Headache

Don’t take prickly pear cactus is you have diabetes or before surgery. You may need to stop taking prickly pear cactus before surgery. We also don’t know if it’s safe for kids and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

SOURCES:

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

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

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

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

Drugs.com: "Prickly Pear.'

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

SOURCES:

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

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

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

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

Drugs.com: "Prickly Pear.'

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

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