Fenugreek Overdose

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What happens if I overdose Fenugreek?

infoWhen a dose is taken in higher dose than the recommended doses, it is called Overdose. Overdose always needs a clinical supervision. Any medicine or drug when consumed in Overdose produces untoward side effects on one or various organs in the body. A medicine is excreted in the kidney or metabolized in the liver most of the times. This process goes without any hurdles when taken in normal dose, but when taken in an overdose, the body is not able to metabolize it or send it out properly which causes the effects of anoverdose.

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Fenugreek?

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Fenugreek warnings

infoWarnings are a mix of Precautions. Contraindications and interactions and serious harmful effects associated with the medicine intake. A diabetic or Hypertensive patient need to be warned about few drug interactions. A known hypersensitivity patient needs to be careful about the reactions or anaphylactic shock. A pregnant woman or a breastfeeding woman should be warned of certain medications. A Hepatitis [liver disease] patient or a cardiac patient should avoid few drugs.
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Pregnancy: There are no studies available of teratogenicity in animals. Clinically, no malformation or fetotoxic effect has occurred to date. However, the monitoring of pregnancies exposed to this drug is not sufficient to exclude any risk. Consequently, as a precaution, it is preferable not to use this medication during pregnancy.

- Breastfeeding: in the absence of data, to avoid while breastfeeding.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Fenugreek?

infoCertain people who are very sick or very old or who are sensitive show an exacerbation of side effect of the drug which can turn dangerous at times. So, it is very important to remember the precautions while taking the medicine. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding are also special categories wherein extra care or precaution is needed when taking a drug. Few patients may have a hypersensitivity reaction to few medications, and that can be life-threatening rarely. Penicillin hypersensitivity is one example. Diarrhea, rashes are few other symptoms which need a watch. A patient with other co-existing diseases like liver disease, heart disease, kidney disease should take special precautions.

Do not take Fenugreek without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder or diabetes, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat a blood clotting disorder or diabetes. Fenugreek has been reported to affect blood clotting and blood sugar levels.

Also, talk to your doctor before taking Fenugreek if you have any other medical conditions, if you take medicines or herbal/health supplements other than those previously listed, or if you suffer from allergies (especially to plants). Fenugreek may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not take Fenugreek supplements without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. It is not known whether Fenugreek will harm an unborn baby. The amount of Fenugreek customarily used in foods is not reported to be problematic.

Do not take Fenugreek without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether Fenugreek will harm a nursing infant. The amount of Fenugreek customarily used in foods is not reported to be problematic.

There is no information available regarding the use of Fenugreek supplements by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

What happens if I miss a dose of Fenugreek?

infoWhen you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember, but you should take care that it should be well spaced from the next dose. You should not take an extra dose at the time of the second dose as it will become a double dose. The double dose can give unwanted side effects, so be careful. In chronic conditions or when you have a serious health issue, if you miss a dose, you should inform your health care provider and ask his suggestion.

Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra Fenugreek to make up the missed dose.


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