thyroid hormone. Bugleweed also seems to reduce the release of the hormone prolactin, which might help relieve breast pain.
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thyroid disease should not be self-treated due to possible complications. Long-term use of bugleweed can cause an enlarged thyroid gland. Discontinuing bugleweed abruptly can result in high levels of thyroid and prolactin, which might cause physical symptoms.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to take bugleweed by mouth during pregnancy because it might affect hormones. It's also LIKELY UNSAFE to take bugleweed by mouth while breast-feeding. It can affect milk production.
Diabetes: Bugleweed might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes, use bugleweed cautiously, watch for symptoms of low blood sugar, and check your blood sugar carefully. The dose of your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted.
Surgery: Bugleweed might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using bugleweed at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Enlarged thyroid or poorly functioning thyroid (thyroid hypofunction): Don't use bugleweed if you have one of these conditions or are receiving thyroid treatments.
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