Tribulus has chemicals that might increase levels of some hormones. But it doesn't appear to increase male hormones (testosterone) in humans. Tribulus is also known as puncture vine because its sharp spines can flatten bicycle tires.
People use tribulus for sexual disorders, infertility, chest pain, enlarged prostate, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
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Eating the spine-covered fruit of tribulus is likely unsafe. There have been reports of serious lung problems due to eating the fruit.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Eating the spine-covered fruit of tribulus is likely unsafe. There have been reports of serious lung problems due to eating the fruit. Pregnancy: Taking tribulus during pregnancy is possibly unsafe. Animal research suggests that tribulus might harm development of the fetus.
Breast-feeding. There isn't enough reliable information to know if tribulus is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Surgery: Tribulus might affect blood sugar levels and blood pressure. This might interfere with blood sugar and blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop using tribulus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Lithium interacts with TRIBULUS
Tribulus might have an effect like a "water pill" or diuretic. Taking tribulus might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with TRIBULUS
Tribulus might lower blood sugar levels. Taking Tribulus along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with TRIBULUS
Tribulus might lower blood pressure. Taking Tribulus along with medications that lower blood pressure might cause blood pressure to go too low. Monitor your blood pressure closely.
Be cautious with this combination
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