People considering the weight loss supplement may wonder if Lipozene is safe. Warnings and precautions to be aware of include the possibility of drug interactions and that what you see on the label may not accurately reflect what the product contains. To use Lipozene safely, tell your healthcare provider if you have diabetes or a narrowing of the esophagus prior to taking it.
Lipozene™ is an herbal supplement often used for weight loss (see Weight Loss Pills), as well as several other conditions. In order to use Lipozene safely, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it if you have:
- Difficulty swallowing
- A narrowing (stricture) of the esophagus
- Any other chronic disease or health problem.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning Lipozene safety include the following:
- In the United States, herbal and other dietary supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as foods. This means that they do not have to meet the same standards as drugs and over-the-counter medications for proof of safety, effectiveness, and proper manufacturing and potency standards.
- Lipozene can decrease the level of sugar in the blood. Therefore, if you have diabetes, check with your healthcare provider before taking Lipozene. You may need to monitor your blood sugar more often, and your healthcare provider may need to adjust the dose of your diabetes medications.
- There have been reports of people getting glucomannan (the active ingredient of Lipozene) stuck in their throats. This can be dangerous; however, this seems to be a problem mainly with glucomannan tablets, and Lipozene comes in capsules.
- If you have difficulty swallowing or if you have a narrowing (stricture) of your esophagus or digestive tract, Lipozene may not be a good choice for you, since it could get stuck. Check with your healthcare provider before taking Lipozene if you have any such problems.
- Lipozene supplements can interact with medications (see Lipozene Drug Interactions).
- It is not known if Lipozene is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Lipozene and Pregnancy and Lipozene and Breastfeeding).
- If you decide to use supplements, what you see on the label may not reflect what is in the bottle. For example, some herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with heavy metals or prescription drugs, and some have been found to have much more or much less of the featured ingredient than their label states. Therefore, make sure the manufacturer of your Lipozene is trusted and reputable. It is a good sign if a manufacturer abides by the rules of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). It is also a good sign if a product has the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) seal, which means that the product has been independently tested and shown to contain the correct ingredients in the amounts listed on the label. Your pharmacist is a good resource for information about which manufacturers are most reputable.