Although less information is available for the dosing of supplements (such as inositol), compared to drugs, some information about inositol dosing is available based on clinical studies and practical experience with the supplement.
(Click Inositol Dosage for more information.)
Although it is a "natural" product, inositol can still cause side effects. Some of the more commonly reported side effects of the supplement include:
(Click Inositol Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Inositol can interact with a few medications (see Inositol Drug Interactions).
It appears to be relatively safe for many people. Some people may be more likely to experience problems, however. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking inositol if you have:
- Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression
- Kidney disease, such kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Inositol and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Inositol and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Inositol Safety for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)