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What is it?

Tea is a drink used to prevent cancer and heart disease. It may also be used to treat type 2 diabetes, tooth cavities, and high cholesterol (ko-LES-ter-all). Tea will be called "medicine" in other parts of this leaflet.

Other names for tea include: Camellia sinensis, Chinese tea, Sencha, Unfermented tea, Oolong tea, or Green tea.

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


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

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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take tea without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:


Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects.

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.


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