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What are the common side effects of gymnema sylvestre?

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The common side effect of Gymnema sylvestre is changes in blood sugar levels for patients suffering from diabetes, explains WebMD. People scheduled for surgery are advised to stop taking gymnema two weeks before surgery because of these changes. There is also a case report of liver toxicity with people using gymnema, according to Drugs.com.

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A study shows that taking a specific extract of gymnema sylvestre by mouth together with diabetes medications and insulin can enhance the reduction of a patient’s blood sugar, especially those suffering from Type 1 and 2 diabetes, explains WebMD. Another study also suggests that taking a specific amount of gymnema extract in combination with niacin-bound chromium and hydroxycitric acid by mouth for two months might help in weight loss in obese and overweight people. Other uses of gymnema sylvestre include increasing the excretion of urine, softening the stool, snake bites, cough, malaria and stimulating digestion. However, to rate it for these uses, more studies are needed.

The correct dose for Gymnema sylvestre depends on a number of factors such as the health and the age of the user among other conditions, explains WebMD. As of December 2015, there is insufficient scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses.

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