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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:

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.

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Headache

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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