- 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.