Weight loss is the primary use for Lipo-6, and pregnancy is a time of increased caloric and nutritional need, so the supplement typically should not be used by pregnant women. In addition, it contains caffeine and other stimulants, and these may not be safe for use in pregnant women. If you are taking Lipo-6 and pregnancy occurs, discuss its continued use with your healthcare provider.
Lipo-6 and Pregnancy: An Overview
Lipo-6™ is an herbal supplement used for weight loss. It contains a few different stimulants, along with several other active ingredients. Most of these active ingredients have not been shown to be safe for use during pregnancy.
Is Lipo-6 Safe During Pregnancy?
Lipo-6 contains stimulants, such as synephrine and caffeine. These stimulants may not be safe for use during pregnancy. Consuming caffeine when pregnant is a controversial issue. Many women completely cut out caffeine during pregnancy, while others take a moderate approach, limiting their intake to a reasonable amount (such as one cup of coffee a day). Studies have also shown conflicting results concerning the safety of caffeine during pregnancy (see Caffeine and Pregnancy).
At this time, it is not known if Lipo-6 is safe for pregnant women (or for anyone, for that matter, since it has not been adequately studied). Because so little is known about the risks of using Lipo-6 products during pregnancy (and because of the lack of clear benefit from taking it), pregnant women should probably avoid Lipo-6 products. In addition, pregnancy is a time of increased caloric and nutritional need, not usually a time to be dieting or trying to lose weight.
Lipo-6 and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts
If you are pregnant, do not take Lipo-6 without your healthcare provider's approval. If you are concerned about your weight gain during pregnancy, please talk with your healthcare provider (see Pregnancy Weight Gain for additional information).
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Jellin JM, editor. Pharmacist's Letter/Prescriber's Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Available at: http://naturaldatabase.com/. Accessed November 19, 2007.
Lipo-6 Web site. Available at: http://www.nutrex.com/lipo6.html. Accessed November 19, 2007.
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