Important Instructions for Pycnogenol
Is Pycnogenol Effective?It may be effective for several different uses, although some of these uses are more valid than others (see Does Pycnogenol Work? for more information).
Dosing InformationBecause it is a dietary supplement, not a drug, dosing recommendations have not been clearly established. However, fairly good information is available based on studies and practical experience with the product.
(Click Pycnogenol Dosage for more information.)
- Stomach or intestinal discomfort
(Click Pycnogenol Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsPycnogenol may potentially interact with a few medications (see Pycnogenol Drug Interactions).
Safety Issues With PycnogenolSome people are more likely than others to experience problems with this product. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it if you have:
- A bleeding disorder
- An autoimmune disease, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus
- 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 Pycnogenol and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Pycnogenol and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Is Pycnogenol Safe? for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)