My Mother was told to try aloe vera juice for her arthritis; but she can't have anything with acid and must keep her sodium level low. Would aloe vera juice cause a problem or be contraindicated because she's on Metoprolol Suc ER
Info found on Aloe: There is some scientific evidence that aloe gel might help when used on the skin for reducing the pain and swelling of burns, to speed the healing of burns, and for skin sores, psoriasis, and frostbite.
There isn't enough information to know if aloe gel is effective for the other conditions people use it for, including: arthritis, fever, itching, stomach ulcers, diabetes, and asthma.
Aloe gel appears to be safe for most people when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
Aloe latex might not be safe when taken by mouth. In 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of aloe latex in laxatives due to a lack of safety data.
Taking large amounts of aloe latex by mouth is not safe. Aloe latex can cause some side effects such as stomach pain and cramps. Long-term use of large amounts of aloe latex might cause diarrhea, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss, and heart disturbances. Taking aloe latex 1 gram per day for several days can be fatal.
Taking aloe by mouth might not be safe for children.
There have been a few reports of liver problems in some people who have taken an aloe leaf extract; however, this is uncommon. It is thought to only occur in people who are extra sensitive (hypersensitive) to aloe.
Do not use aloe if:
You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
You have diabetes.
You have intestinal conditions such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or obstruction.
You have hemorrhoids.
You have kidney problems.
You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
When taken by mouth, aloe latex is a laxative. Laxatives can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs. Taking aloe latex along with medications you take by mouth might decrease the effectiveness of your medication.
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