Garcinia use while Breastfeeding

Garcinia Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Garcinia (Garcinia cambogia) fruit rind contains hydroxycitric acid. Garcinia has no specific lactation-related uses. It is most often used to promote weight loss. No data exist on the excretion of any components of Garcinia into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of Garcinia in nursing mothers or infants. Garcinia and hydroxycitric acid are generally well tolerated in adults, with occasional gastrointestinal discomfort reported.[1] Because there is no published experience with Garcinia or hydroxycitric acid during breastfeeding, these products should be avoided, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.

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Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Possible Effects on Lactation

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

References

1. Soni MG, Burdock GA, Preuss HG et al. Safety assessment of (-)-hydroxycitric acid and Super CitriMax, a novel calcium/potassium salt. Food Chem Toxicol. 2004;42:1513-29. PMID: 15234082

Garcinia Identification

Substance Name

Garcinia

Scientific Name

Garcinia cambogia

CAS Registry Number

9000-25-3

Drug Class

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plants, Medicinal

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

976

Information from the National Library of Medicine's LactMed Database.

Last Revision Date

2013-09-07

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