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Generic: Nopal
treats Hyperlipidemia, Alcohol-induced hangover, and Diabetes
               



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Dosing

Adults (18 years and older):

There is no proven effective dose for nopal in adults.

Children (younger than 18 years):

There is no proven effective dose for nopal in children.

Safety

DISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.

Allergies

Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to nopal. Nasal inflammation or asthma has been reported due to allergy.

Side Effects and Warnings

Nopal is likely safe when used in food amounts, as nopal is common in Mexican and southwestern American cuisine.

Side effects associated with nopal may include mild diarrhea, nausea, abdominal fullness, headache, and increase in stool volume and frequency.

Use cautiously in patients with diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), high cholesterol, low blood pressure, or thyroid dysfunction.

Use cautiously in individuals with rhinitis or asthma, as nopal may worsen symptoms.

Avoid in patients with immunosuppression, as nopal may suppress the immune system.

Avoid in patients with impaired liver function, as nopal may increase liver toxicity.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Nopal is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women due to a lack of available scientific evidence.

Interactions

Interactions with Drugs

When mixed with water or other fluids, nopal forms a sticky, slippery gel. Taking nopal by mouth could block the absorption of drugs, other supplements, and nutrients from foods that are taken at the same time. Traditionally, patients are advised to not eat meals or take medication within two hours of consuming nopal by mouth.

Nopal may act as an acid absorber. Use cautiously with anti- ulcer medications.

Use of nopal and chloropropamide concomitantly may increase the hypoglycemic (blood sugar- lowering) effect and levels of insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes. Broiled nopal stems (not crude stems), nopal extract, or dietary cactus ingestion may lower blood sugar levels. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional as dosing may need to be adjusted.

Large doses of nopal may cause adverse effects on the liver and spleen.

Nopal may decrease lipids (fats) in the blood. Use cautiously in patients taking cholesterol- lowering medications due to possible additive effects.

Use cautiously with blood pressure- altering medications.

Although not well studied in humans, nopal may also interact with thyroid agents.

Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements

When mixed with water or other fluids, nopal forms a sticky, slippery gel. Taking nopal by mouth could block the absorption of drugs, other supplements, and nutrients from foods that are taken at the same time. Traditionally, patients are advised to not eat meals or take medication within two hours of oral consumption of nopal.

Large doses of nopal may cause adverse effects on the liver and spleen. Use cautiously with herbs and supplements that may have similar effects.

Broiled nopal stems (not crude stems), nopal extract, or dietary cactus ingestion may lower blood sugar levels.

Nopal may decrease lipids (fats) in the blood. Use cautiously with cholesterol- lowering herbs and supplements due to possible additive effects.

Use cautiously with blood pressure- altering herbs and supplements due to possible additive effects.

Although not well studied in humans, nopal may also interact with thyroid agents. Use cautiously with herbs or supplements with similar or contradictory effects.

               
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