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Tribulus Safety

Before you start taking Tribulus, safety information for the supplement should be reviewed with your healthcare provider, especially if you have diabetes, an enlarged prostate, or prostate cancer. Tribulus could theoretically cause or worsen prostate cancer, increase the risk of low blood sugar in people with diabetes, or worsen an enlarged prostate. This product is considered unsafe for use during pregnancy.

Is Tribulus Safe?

Tribulus 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 for Tribulus

Warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of Tribulus include the following:
  • Tribulus could theoretically increase the risk of prostate cancer or might worsen prostate cancer. It may also worsen an enlarged prostate.
  • In theory, Tribulus might increase the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes.
  • As a dietary supplement, Tribulus is not as closely regulated as prescription and nonprescription 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 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 Tribulus.
  • Tribulus is unsafe for use during pregnancy (see Tribulus Terrestris and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if Tribulus is safe for breastfeeding women (see Tribulus Terrestris and Breastfeeding).
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