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THE KIDNEY RESTORATOR® SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

   Many of these safety considerations may seem to be in contradiction with each other, that’s because they are. Our infusions are designed to address many safety considerations with other pharmaceutical herbs (e.g. both raising and lowering blood sugar levels at the same time). The infusion is made further safe by managing the herbal quantities provided at any one time. Please follow our recommended dosage below and be confident and secure in your pathology prevention efforts.

   Ingredients of this infusion consumed in quantities of three teaspoons (3 teabags) per day over a three to six-month period are GENERALLY CONSIDERED SAFE by the FDA under the G.R.A.S. provision. However, you might consider the following:

General Considerations This infusion may temporarily worsen symptoms because of the detoxifying action. When consumed by mouth in normal quantities this infusion does not cause serious side effects. But some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea. Do not continue consuming this infusion if you experience any of these symptoms.

   When consumed in extreme amounts (over ten teabags per day) for more than 4 weeks or in smaller amounts long-term, this infusion can cause side effects including high blood pressure, low potassium levels, weakness, and paralysis, in otherwise healthy people. Overuse and abuse of this infusion could make kidney disease worse. The infusion can lower a man's interest in sex and also worsen erectile dysfunction (ED) by lowering levels of a hormone called testosterone.

So don't consume more than 10 teabags of this infusion per day - ever!

Infants and Children Not for the use by anyone under twelve years old. This infusion has not been tested for the consumption by children or infants and is considered UNSAFE. If accidentally ingested contact medical authorities immediately.

Allergic Reactions This infusion may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae plant families. Members of these families include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to test with a small quantity of the herbs contained within this infusion externally rubbed on your skin, followed by drinking a small amount of the diluted infusion. Only after these tests prove to be safe, should you consume normally.

   Allergic reactions may occur when consuming spices including wild carrot, mugwort, birch, caraway, fennel or coriander seeds, parsley, anise, plantain, and dandelion. This has been called the "celery-carrot-mugwort-spice syndrome," or the "celery-mugwort-birch-spice" syndrome. Check with your healthcare provider with any concerns.

   This infusion contains significant amounts of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is similar to aspirin. Avoid drinking large quantities if you are allergic to aspirin. People with eczema seem to have a higher chance of having an allergic reaction, so be careful if you have eczema.

Pregnancy and Breast-feeding There is not enough reliable information about the safety of consuming this infusion if you are pregnant or breast feeding. It is LIKELY UNSAFE. There is a concern that it might cause early delivery or miscarriage. It might promote a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, putting the pregnancy at risk.

Retinal thinning This infusion contains a chemical that can thin the retina in the eye. This could worsen the condition of people whose retinas are already too thin. Talk with your healthcare provider to be sure of any potential issues if you already have thin retinas.

Bleeding Disorders This infusion might slow blood clotting. Drinking it might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders. In theory, drinking this infusion might increase the risk for bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders. Talk with your healthcare provider about any potential dangers with this infusion.

Diabetes Some evidence suggests that drinking this infusion might lower blood sugar levels. It might lower blood sugar levels too much in people with diabetes who are already taking medications to lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before drinking this infusion.

Photosensitivity Reactions resulting from external contact with the herbs in this infusion have been reported. This has been attributed to its content of furanocoumarins, which are known photosensitizing agents. Don’t rub these herbs on your skin, they are intended for external use only, especially if you have a preexisting sensitivity to the sun.

Thiamine Deficiency Drinking this infusion might make thiamine deficiency worse. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have existing thiamine concerns.

Liver Disease There is some concern that this infusion might make liver disease worse. If you have liver problems, talk with your healthcare provider for advice before drinking this infusion. Also, be sure to have liver function tests done.

Kidney stones Great care has been taken to prevent kidney stone issues. However, this infusion contains small amounts of a chemical called oxalate. Since kidney stones are made primarily from oxalate combined with calcium, healthcare providers worry that this infusion might increase the risk of kidney stones. To be on the safe side, avoid taking cranberry extract products or drinking a lot of this infusion if you have a history of kidney stones without talking with your healthcare provider first.

Blood Pressure This infusion can theoretically both raise and lower your blood pressure. This may increase the risk of blood pressure dropping too low in people prone to low blood pressure and too high in people prone to high blood pressure. There is a concern that the infusion might make the body accumulate more sodium, and this can make high blood pressure worse. Don't consume large amounts of the infusion without monitoring your blood pressure.

Surgery This infusion might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. It may also cause too much drowsiness if combined with medications used during and after surgery. Stop consuming this infusion at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

POTENTIAL INTERACTIONS

   No side effects or drug interactions have been reported concerning this infusion. However, you might consider the following:

Photosensitivity - Reactions resulting from external contact with some of its ingredients have been reported. This has been attributed to their content of furanocoumarins, which are known photosensitizing agents.

Alcohol Interaction - Be cautious with this combination. Talk with your healthcare provider. Alcohol can cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Our infusion may also cause sleepiness and drowsiness. People who are alcoholics are generally also thiamine deficient. Taking Horsetail aerial parts might make thiamine deficiency worse. Consuming large amounts of this infusion along with alcohol might cause too much sleepiness.

Tobacco Interactions - People who chew tobacco flavored with licorice while drinking this infusion might develop high blood pressure and other side effects.

Cocaine Interaction - Cocaine has many dangerous side effects. Using this infusion along with cocaine might increase the side effects of cocaine including heart attack and death.

Medications for Pain (Narcotic drugs) Interactions - The body breaks down some medications for pain to get rid of them. This infusion might decrease how fast the body gets rid of some medications for pain. By decreasing how fast the body gets rid of some medications for pain, the infusion might increase the effects and side effects of some medications for pain. Some medications for pain include meperidine (Demerol), hydrocodone, morphine, OxyContin, and many others.

Liver Processing Interaction – By design, some medications are changed and are broken down by the liver. This infusion might affect how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. Consuming this infusion along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Some medications that are changed by the liver include acetaminophen, amitriptyline (Elavil), atorvastatin (Lipitor), diazepam (Valium), digoxin, entacapone (Comtan), estrogen, haloperidol (Haldol), irinotecan (Camptosar), lamotrigine (Lamictal), lorazepam (Ativan), lovastatin (Mevacor), meprobamate, morphine, ondansetron (Zofran), propranolol (Inderal), theophylline (Theo-Dur, others), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, others), oxazepam (Serax), and others.

Medications Changed by the Liver (Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates) Interactions - Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. This infusion might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Drinking this infusion along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before consuming this infusion, talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver. Some medications that are changed by the liver include amitriptyline (Elavil), haloperidol (Haldol), ondansetron (Zofran), propranolol (Inderal), theophylline (Theo-Dur, others), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, others), and others.

Antibiotic Interaction – This infusion might decrease how much antibiotics the body absorbs. Consuming this infusion along with antibiotics might decrease the effectiveness of some antibiotics. Some antibiotics that might interact with this infusion include azithromycin, ciprofloxacin (Cipro), clarithromycin, enoxacin (Penetrex), demeclocycline (Declomycin), erythromycin , minocycline (Minocin), norfloxacin (Chibroxin, Noroxin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), tetracycline (Achromycin), trovafloxacin (Trovan), and grepafloxacin (Raxar).

Lithium Interactions - Might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking uva ursi (Bearberry) might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interactions - This infusion might slow blood clotting. Taking Burdock root along with medications that also slow clotting, might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Warfarin (Coumadin) Interactions - Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. This infusion might increase how long warfarin (Coumadin) is in the body, and increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.

Levothyroxine Interactions - Levothyroxine is used for low thyroid function. Drinking this infusion along with levothyroxine might decrease the effectiveness of levothyroxine. But it is not clear why this interaction might occur, or if it is a big concern. Some brands that contain levothyroxine include Armour Thyroid, Eltroxin, Estre, Euthyrox, Levo-T, Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid, and others.

Photosensitizing drugs interactions-  Some medications can increase sensitivity to sunlight. This infusion might also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Drinking this infusion along with medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight could increase the chances of sunburn, blistering, or rashes on areas of skin exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun. Some drugs that cause photosensitivity include amitriptyline (Elavil), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra), tetracycline, methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen, 8-MOP, Oxsoralen), and Trioxsalen (Trisoralen).

Sedative Medications (CNS depressants) Interactions- This infusion might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Drinking this infusion along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness. Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.

Antibiotics (Quinolone antibiotics) Interactions – This infusion might decrease how much antibiotics the body absorbs. Drinking this infusion along with antibiotics might decrease the effectiveness of some antibiotics. Some antibiotics that might interact with dandelion include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), enoxacin (Penetrex), norfloxacin (Chibroxin, Noroxin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), trovafloxacin (Trovan), and grepafloxacin (Raxar).

Potassium-sparing Diuretics Interactions - This infusion may produce significant amounts of potassium. Some "water pills" can also increase potassium levels in the body. Taking some "water pills" along with this infusion might cause too much potassium to be in the body. Some "water pills" that increase potassium in the body include amiloride (Midamor), spironolactone (Aldactone), and triamterene (Dyrenium).

Low potassium levels (hypokalemia) - There is some concern that this infusion might flush potassium out of the body, possibly leading to potassium levels that are too low. Until more is known, drink this infusion with caution if you are at risk for potassium deficiency.

Cardiac Glycosides Interactions - Digitalis and other cardiac glycosides may be potentiated due to potassium loss secondary to diuresis caused by Equisetum.

Anticoagulant Interactions - Theoretically, this infusion could interfere with anticoagulants. Talk with your healthcare provider about any concerns.

Aspirin Interactions – This infusion contains chemicals similar to aspirin. Drinking it along with aspirin might increase the effects and side effects of aspirin.

Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate (Trilisate) Interactions - This infusion contains chemicals that are similar to choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate). Drinking this infusion along with choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate) might increase the effects and side effects of choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate). Talk with your healthcare provider, your dosage amounts may need to be adjusted.

Salsalate (Disalcid) Interactions - Salsalate (Disalcid) is called a salicylate. It's similar to aspirin. This infusion also contains a salicylate similar to aspirin. Taking salsalate with this infusion might cause there to be too much salicylates in the body. This might increase the effects and side effects of salicylates. Talk with your healthcare provider about any concerns this may cause.

Low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) - This infusion might increase how much vitamin B12 the body absorbs for people with low levels of stomach acid.

CAUTION: Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels, indications, and safety consideration product tabs. Consult your pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare professional before consuming.
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