Despite safety concerns, people take kousso for diabetes, cancer, and to get rid of tapeworms, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to take kousso if you are pregnant. In addition to serious side effects for the mother, it might cause a miscarriage. It's also UNSAFE to take kousso if you are breast-feeding.
Stomach or intestinal problems: Kousso can irritate the stomach and intestines. Don't use it if you have a digestive tract condition.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with KOUSSO
Kousso might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking kousso along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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