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Inulin

What is it?

Inulin is a fructose oligosaccharide that can be found in burdock, dandelion root, and Jerusalem artichokes. It has been studied for the treatment of diabetes.

Other names for Inulin include: Fructose Oligosaccharides.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Inulin you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Inulin. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Warnings:

  • Before taking Inulin, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

his medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

References:

1. Werbach MR & Murray MT: Botanical influences on Illness: a sourcebook of clinical research. Third Line Press, Tarzana, CA; 1994.

2. Rummessen JJ, Bode S, Hamberg O et al: Fructans of Jerusalem artichokes: Intestinal transport, absorption, fermentation, and influence on blood glucose, insulin, and C-peptide responses in healthy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;52:675-681.

3. Silver AA & Krantz JC: The effect of ingestion of burdock root on normal and diabetic individuals. A preliminary report. Ann Intern Med 1931; 5:274-284.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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