Side Effects of Primrose Oil

Primrose is not the ideal panacea for the treatment of all of man's medical disorders. The supplement does have a few side effects which include:

Allergies: Reports of allergy or hypersensitivity to primrose oil are rare. Despite this good news, anyone with a history of allergies to plants should avoid primrose oil. Anecdotal reports do indicate that the supplement can also cause contact dermatitis

. Seizures have bee reported in some individuals who have taken primrose oil. However, these seizures have occurred in individuals with a prior history of seizures. It is believed that primrose oil makes individuals either more susceptible to seizures or lowers the threshold for seizures. Anyone with a history of seizures should not take primrose oil.

Anti psychotics: These drugs can interact with primrose oil and induce seizures

Anti depressant:
Anti depressant drugs can lower the threshold for seizures and thus these individuals should avoid primrose oil.

General anesthesia: Anyone undergoing surgery under general anesthesia should stop taking primrose oil at least 2 weeks before the procedure.

Other side effects that have been reported with Primrose oil include:

- Headaches

- Abdominal pain, nausea

- Diarrhea

- Drop in blood pressure

There is not enough information to recommend the safe use of evening primrose oil during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

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