What are other common names?
- Medicago sativa
- Alfalfa Juice
- Feuille de Luzerne
- Grand Trèfle
- Herbe aux Bisons
- Herbe à Vaches
- Purple Medick
What is this product used for?
Alfalfa is used by some people as a source of some vitamins and minerals. No information from medical studies supports the use of alfalfa for any health problem.
What are the precautions when taking this product?
Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.
Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this natural product.
Alfalfa sprouts often have many germs. People who are likely to get an infection should not use fresh alfalfa sprouts. Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease. This also includes young children and the elderly.
Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, or enoxaparin (Lovenox).
Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase (Activase), reteplase (Retevase), or streptokinase.
Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Naprosyn).
Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:
Weak immune system or immune disease
Problems with your uterus
What should I watch for?
When do I need to call the doctor?
Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.
Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or pain.
Signs of bleeding problems. These include bruising or bleeding that is not normal; blood in your stools or dark, tarry colored stools; changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.
Very bad throwing up
Very bad belly pain
Last Reviewed Date2021-03-22
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