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Herbal Supplements

  • Herbal supplements are made from the leaves, seeds, stems and roots of plants. People take herbal supplements in an effort to be healthier.
  • Herbal supplements, like medication, affect how your body functions. Herbal supplements sometimes cause reactions and health problems.They can also interact with prescription medication, which can be very dangerous.
  • Herbal supplements do not go through strict testing like medication does.

24-hour Poison Control Center hotline: 1-800-222-1222

Keep your family safe

Herbal products can be hazardous.

  • Don’t assume herbal supplements are safe just because they’re “natural.”
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking herbal supplements. Some can interact with prescription medications.
  • Read labels carefully and follow the directions. Never take more than the recommended amount.
  • When buying herbal supplements, look for a "USP Dietary Supplement Verified" seal.
  • Watch for side effects, such as nausea, dizziness or headache. If you experience any of these, stop taking the herbal supplement.
  • Be aware of all herbal supplements in your house. Keep them out of the reach and sight of children. Do not keep herbal products in your purse.
  • Never tell your child that any type of supplement is candy.
  • Don’t take herbal supplements in front of your child.
  • Keep your products in their original containers.
  • Do not take herbal supplements before surgery.

If you suspect an overdose or poisoning from an herbal supplement, call The University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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