- What other names is Job's Tears known by?
- What is Job's Tears?
- How does Job's Tears work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Job's Tears.
People take Job's tears for hay fever, high cholesterol, cancer, warts, arthritis, obesity, and respiratory tract infections. It is also used to treat a disease called toxoplasmosis that is caused by a parasite.
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- High cholesterol. Developing research suggests that consuming Job's tears in place of rice for 4 weeks can significantly lower total and "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. This effect may be due to the fiber in Job's tears.
- Toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection.
- Respiratory tract infections.
- Other conditions.
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However, some research has been done in people. It suggests that fiber contained in Job's tears might decrease how much fat and cholesterol the body absorbs.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to take Job's tears if you are pregnant. Research in animals suggests that it can poison a developing embryo. It can also cause the uterus to contract, and this might harm the pregnancy.
No one knows whether if it is safe to use Job's tears during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Surgery: Job's tears might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using Job's tears at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Job's tears might decrease blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking Job's tears along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011