Is Tribulus Terrestris Safe?

T. terrestris supplements are claimed to be beneficial for enhancing athletic performance and sexual function, but is Tribulus terrestris safe? You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking this dietary supplement if you have diabetes, prostate cancer, or an enlarged prostate. It is important to know that Tribulus terrestris may increase the risk of certain problems in people with these medical conditions.

Safety Issues With Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris is a popular dietary supplement claimed to be beneficial for a variety of different uses. You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Warnings and Precautions With Tribulus Terrestris

Warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of T. terrestris include the following:
  • T. terrestris could theoretically increase the risk of prostate cancer or might worsen prostate cancer. It may also worsen an enlarged prostate.
  • In theory, T. terrestris might increase the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes.
  • As dietary supplements, T. terrestris supplements are not as closely regulated as prescription or non-prescription drugs. They can be marketed without any proof that they are either safe or effective. Do not assume that just because a product is sold or advertised in the United States that it is safe or effective. Be sure to look for T. terrestris supplements from a reputable manufacturer. Your pharmacist is a good resource for information about which manufacturers are most reputable.
  • If you have a chronic or severe medical condition, it is always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement, including T. terrestris.
  • T. terrestris is unsafe for use during pregnancy (see Tribulus Terrestris and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if T. terrestris is safe for breastfeeding women (see Tribulus Terrestris and Breastfeeding).
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