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Aloe VeraNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using aloe vera (aloe barbadenis). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Aloe vera is counterindicated for use on deep vertical (surgical) wounds because it may increase healing time.
Warning 2 - Antidiabetics: When taken internally, aloe vera may increase the effects of antidiabetics.
Warning 3 - Antidysrhythmics: When taken internally, aloe vera may increase the effects of antidysrhythmics.
Warning 4 - Loop Diuretics: When taken internally, aloe vera may increase the effects of loop diuretics.
Warning 5 - Thiazide Diuretics: When taken internally, aloe vera may increase the effects of thiazide diuretics.
Warning 6 - Potassium-wasting Drugs: When taken internally, aloe vera may increase the effects of potassium-wasting drugs.
Warning 7 - Systemic Steroids: When taken internally, aloe vera may increase the effects of systemic steroids.
Warning 8 - Cardiac glycosides: When taken internally, aloe vera may increase the effects of cardiac glycosides.
Used as a natural health remedy: Aloe vera is commonly used externally for first degree burns, cuts, abrasions and improve skin condition.
Usage 2: Aloe vera is commonly used internally for constipation, as a general tonic and for wound healing.
Usage 3: Aloe vera improves digestion and cleans the digestive tract.
Side Effects of Aloe VeraThe known side effects of taking aloe vera internally include the following:
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.Return to the Herb List.
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