What You Need to Know About Stinging Nettle

Dosing Information

As with most dietary supplements, there is no well-established standard dosage for stinging nettle, although general guidelines may be obtained from a few clinical trials.
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Side Effects of Stinging Nettle

Even though it is a "natural" product, stinging nettle can cause side effects. Some of the reported side effects include:
  • Stomach upset
  • Sweating
  • Allergic reactions
  • Diarrhea.
(Click Stinging Nettle Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Theoretically, stinging nettle may interact with a few medications (see Stinging Nettle Drug Interactions).

Safety of Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle seems to be relatively safe for many people, especially when used in moderation. However, some people may be more likely to experience problems. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking stinging nettle medicinally if you have:
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Any chronic or severe medical condition
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Is Stinging Nettle Safe? for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)
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