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Aloe latex might not be safe when taken by mouth. In 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of aloe latex in laxatives due to a lack of safety data.
Taking large amounts of aloe latex by mouth is not safe. Aloe latex can cause some side effects such as stomach pain and cramps. Long-term use of large amounts of aloe latex might cause diarrhea, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss, and heart disturbances. Taking aloe latex 1 gram per day for several days can be fatal.
Taking aloe by mouth might not be safe for children.
There have been a few reports of liver problems in some people who have taken an aloe leaf extract; however, this is uncommon. It is thought to only occur in people who are extra sensitive (hypersensitive) to aloe.
Do not use aloe if:
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