Instructions for Red Clover Treatment
Dosing InformationEven though there is little information available about the best way to dose herbal supplements (compared to prescription or non-prescription medications), some general dosing information can be obtained from the few studies conducted on red clover.
(Click Red Clover Dosage for more information.)
Side EffectsMany people believe that "natural" products (including red clover) have no side effects. However, many natural products cause side effects, some of which can be quite serious. Red clover can cause side effects such as:
- Vaginal bleeding
(Click Red Clover Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug Interactions With Red CloverRed clover may interact with a few other medications or supplements (see Red Clover Drug Interactions).
Is It Safe?When used at reasonable doses for short periods of time, the supplement is probably safe for many people. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies red clover as "generally recognized as safe" when used in small amounts in foods (such as teas or health drinks). However, some people are more likely than others to experience problems due to red clover. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking it if you have:
- Cancer (or a history of cancer)
- Uterine fibroids
- A blood clotting disorder
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Red Clover and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Red Clover and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medication you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Red Clover Safety for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)