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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 18, 2022.

What are other common names?

  • Borate
  • Borates
  • Borax Sodium
  • Bore
  • Boric Acid
  • Boric Anhydride
  • Boric Tartrate
  • Boro
  • Boron
  • Sodium Borate

What is this product used for?

Boron is a mineral found in many foods and drinks. It is also sold as a dietary supplement product. It is used to help some people who have low levels of boron. It may also be used to maintain healthy bones and joints. Boron has been used to help with painful periods. A form of this product called boric acid used inside the vagina may help to treat a vaginal yeast infection.

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.

  • Keep this product away from open sores and abrasions on the skin.

  • 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.

  • Do not use this product in the vagina if you are pregnant.

  • 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.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs that contain estrogen. These are drugs like birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.

  • Take extra care if you have health problems that are sensitive to hormones. These are problems like breast cancer, prostate cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Kidney problems

    • Cancer

What should I watch for?

  • Heartburn or loss of appetite

  • Red skin rash

  • Hair loss

  • Vaginal burning if used inside the vagina

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Throwing up

  • Bad headaches

  • Shakiness

  • Weak and tired

Where can I learn more?

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements

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