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chromium Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- changes in emotions or mood
- changes in vision
- fever or chills
- muscle aches, cramps, or pains
- swelling of the legs or ankles
- symptoms of low blood sugar like chills, confusion, fast or pounding heartbeat, headache, seizure, trembling
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- stomach upset
chromium May Interact with Other Medications
- levothyroxine and other thyroid hormones
- medicines used to treat diabetes or used to lower blood sugar
How to Use chromium
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. For best results take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to chromium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Follow a good diet. Taking a supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have chromium naturally are whole grains, egg yolks, brewer's yeast, liver, meats, nuts, and potatoes with skin. Limit alcohol, smoking and stress.
This supplement may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Too much of this supplement can be unsafe. Talk to your doctor or health care provider about how much is right for you.
Tell your doctor if you have a change in your physical or mental health while taking this supplement.
Certain forms of chromium are not for human use. Do not take chromium products that are not labeled for use as nutritional supplements or medicine.
Supplements are not regulated like medicines. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:
- Always read product labels and follow directions.
- Natural does not mean a product is safe for humans to take.
- Look for products that include USP after the ingredient name. This means that the manufacturer followed the standards of the US Pharmacopoeia.
- Supplements made or sold by a nationally known food or drug company are more likely to be made under tight controls. You can write to the company for more information about how the product was made.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: April 20, 2015