CuraMed may cause side effects such as dizziness and diarrhea because it contains turmeric, according to WebMD and EuroPharma. The product claims to provide up to 10 times more curcumin to the bloodstream, which may increase curcumin's side effects.
Turmeric and curcumin, a chemical in turmeric, may help with reducing osteoarthritis pain and are not likely to cause side effects when taken in the right amounts, explains WebMD. Some people who take turmeric experience stomach upset, diarrhea, dizziness and nausea. One individual who took high amounts of curcumin experienced an abnormal heart rhythm. It is best to avoid high doses of the chemical, especially if pregnant. It can induce a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, which may cause pregnancy complications.
Turmeric can make certain gallbladder conditions worse, such as gallstones and bile duct obstructions, notes WebMD. It can also slow blood clotting, which produces side effects such as bruising and bleeding in those with bleeding disorders. Curcumin can lower blood sugar too much in people with diabetes and can worsen symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Curcumin sometimes acts like estrogen in the body, possibly making symptoms worse in those with hormone-sensitive conditions, according to WebMD. It may also reduce fertility because it decreases sperm movement and lowers testosterone levels. Turmeric can cause iron absorption problems in people who take a high amounts of it, so those with an iron deficiency should use turmeric with caution.