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GREEN TEA (green tee) is an herbal or dietary supplement. It is promoted as an antioxidant to help support good health. The FDA has not approved this supplement for any medical use.
This herbal may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart disease, irregular heartbeat
high blood pressure
low blood sugar
stomach problems like heartburn, ulcer
taking blood-thinning medications
an unusual or allergic reaction to green tea, caffeine, other herbs, plants, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Take this supplement by mouth, either as a beverage or in capsule or tablet form. Follow the directions on the package labeling, or take as directed by your health care professional. If this supplement upsets your stomach, take it with food. The tea may be mixed with milk. Do not take this supplement more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this supplement in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Check with your doctor or healthcare professional if you are taking any of the following medications:
aspirin and aspirin-like drugs
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
medicines for congestion, colds
medicines for weight loss
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like cilostazol, clopidogrel, enoxaparin, ticlopidine, warfarin
other herbal or dietary supplements like ephedra, garlic, ginkgo
stimulants like amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
See your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.
This supplement may contain caffeine. Do not take this close to bedtime.
If you are scheduled for any medical or dental procedure, tell your healthcare provider that you are taking this supplement. You may need to stop taking this supplement before the procedure.
Herbal or dietary supplements are not regulated like medicines. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:
Always read product labels and follow directions.
Natural does not mean a product is safe for humans to take.
Look for products that include USP after the ingredient name. This means that the manufacturer followed the standards of the US Pharmacopoeia.
Supplements made or sold by a nationally known food or drug company are more likely to be made under tight controls. You can write to the company for more information about how the product was made.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
anxiety or panic
fast, irregular breathing or heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded
unusual bleeding or bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
frequently passing urine
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature or as directed on the package label. Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused supplement after the expiration date.