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Devil's Claw

Generic
Devil Claw Herb
Name: devil's claw (DEH vilz CLAW)
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What is the most important information I should know about devil's claw?
Do not take devil's claw without first talking to your doctor if you have a stomach or intestinal ulcer, diabetes, high or low blood pressure or other heart problems, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat these conditions.
Devil's claw has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/ or advantages of devil's claw may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/ health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/ health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

What is devil's claw?
The use of devil's claw in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/ health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.
Devil's claw is also known as Harpagophytum procumbens, grapple plant, and wood spider.
Devil's claw has been used most commonly for rheumatism, arthritis, gout, muscle pain, and other degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Devil's claw has also been used orally for liver and gallbladder complaints, stomach complaints, loss of appetite, and pain relief and topically as an ointment for skin injuries and disorders.
Devil's claw has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/ or advantages of devil's claw may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/ health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/ health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
Devil's claw may also have uses other than those listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking devil's claw?
Do not take devil's claw without first talking to your doctor if you have a stomach or intestinal ulcer, diabetes, high or low blood pressure or other heart problems, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat these conditions.
Before taking devil's claw, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have allergies (especially to plants), have any medical condition, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/ health supplements. Devil's claw may not be recommended in some situations.
Do not take devil's claw without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether devil's claw will be harmful an unborn baby.
Do not take devil's claw without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is not known whether devil's claw will be harmful a nursing infant.
There is no information available regarding the use of devil's claw by children. Do not give any herbal/ health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take devil's claw?
The use of devil's claw in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/ health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.
If you choose to take devil's claw, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Standardized extracts, tinctures, and solid formulations of herbal/ health supplements may provide a more reliable dose of the product.
Take the pill
Devil Claw Herb
forms of devil's claw with a full glass of water.
To ensure the correct dose, measure the liquid forms of devil's claw with a dropper or a dose-measuring spoon or cup.
Some forms of devil's claw can be brewed to form a tea for drinking.
Topical forms of devil's claw are intended for external use only.
Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, liquids, teas, and others) of devil's claw at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of devil's claw.
Store devil's claw as directed on the package. In general, devil's claw should be protected from light.

What happens if I miss a dose?
No information is available regarding a missed dose of devil's claw. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you require further information.

What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
Symptoms of a devil's claw overdose are not known.

What should I avoid while taking devil's claw?
There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking devil's claw, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.

What are the possible side effects of devil's claw?
Although rare, allergic reactions to devil's claw may occur. Stop taking devil's claw and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.
Other less serious side effects have also been reported infrequently. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider if you experience
headache,
ringing in the ears,
loss of appetite, or
loss of taste.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect devil's claw?
Interactions between devil's claw and other prescription or over-the-counter medicines or herbal/ health supplements have not been reported. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional before taking devil's claw if you are taking any other medicines, vitamins, minerals, or supplements.



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