Bitter melon contains a chemical that acts like insulin to help reduce blood sugar levels.
People commonly use bitter melon for diabetes, osteoarthritis, athletic performance, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Bitter melon is sometimes called bitter gourd. Don't confuse this with Ivy gourd, which is a different plant.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for BITTER MELON overview.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if bitter melon is safe. It might cause a rash.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if bitter melon is safe. It might cause a rash. Pregnancy: Bitter melon is possibly unsafe when taken by mouth during pregnancy. Certain chemicals in bitter melon might harm the pregnancy.
Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if bitter melon is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency: Bitter melon seeds might cause severe anemia in people who have G6PD deficiency. Until more is known, avoid bitter melon seeds if you have G6PD deficiency.
Surgery: Bitter melon might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using bitter melon at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with BITTER MELON
Bitter melon might lower blood sugar levels. Taking bitter melon along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Medications moved by pumps in cells (P-Glycoprotein Substrates) interacts with BITTER MELON
Some medications are moved in and out of cells by pumps. Bitter melon might change how these pumps work and change how much medication stays in the body. In some cases, this might change the effects and side effects of a medication.
Pazopanib (Votrient) interacts with BITTER MELON
Bitter melon might increase how much pazopanib stays in the body. In some cases, this might increase the effects and side effects of pazopanib.
Be cautious with this combination
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