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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 19, 2023.

What are other common names?

  • Trigonella foenum-graecum
  • Trigonella foenumgraecum
  • Alholva
  • Bird's Foot
  • Bockshornklee
  • Bockshornsame
  • Egypt Fenugreek
  • Fenugreek Seed
  • Greek Clover
  • Greek Hay
  • Greek Hay Seed
  • Hu Lu Ba
  • Medhika
  • Methi
  • Methika
  • Trigonelle
  • Woo Lu Bar

What is this product used for?

Fenugreek is an herb and is also sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to help lower blood sugar. It may be used with Parkinson’s drugs to help improve symptoms of Parkinson's. Fenugreek may help with symptoms of menopause.

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 other drugs or natural products.

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

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant soon, or plan to get someone pregnant. 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.

  • Do not use this product in children.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, peanuts, coriander, or green peas.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin, heparin, or enoxaparin.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase, reteplase, 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, or naproxen.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs that lower your blood sugar. These are drugs like glipizide, acarbose, metformin, or rosiglitazone.

  • Take extra care if you are taking thyroid hormones. These are drugs like levothyroxine or thyroxine.

  • If you have blood sugar problems, keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

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

    • Bleeding problems

    • Diabetes

    • Liver problems

    • Kidney problems

    • Thyroid problems

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Heartburn

  • Stomach bloating and gas

  • Increased need to urinate

  • Urine that has a maple syrup odor

  • Unusual body odor

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; fever; rash; hives; itching, discolored, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Signs of nervous system problems. These include twitching, shakiness, increased sensitivity to pain, or convulsions.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Bruising or bleeding that is not normal

  • Changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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