Possible Side Effects and Interactions
Aloe latex should not be taken in high doses because it can cause side effects,
such as stomach pain and cramps. Long-term use of large amounts of aloe latex might also cause diarrhea
, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss and heart issues.
Don’t take aloe vera, either gel or latex, if you’re pregnant or breast feeding.
There are some reports of aloe causing miscarriage and birth defects.
Children younger than 12 years old may experience abdominal pain, cramps and
diarrhea, so I don’t recommend aloe vera for child use either
• If you have diabetes, some research suggests aloe might lower blood sugar, so if you take aloe by mouth and you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely.
• If you have intestinal conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or obstruction, don’t take aloe latex if you have any of these conditions because it’s a bowel irritant.
• Don’t take aloe latex if you have hemorrhoids because it could make the condition worse.
• High doses of aloe latex have been linked to kidney failure and other serious conditions, so don’t take aloe latex if you have kidney problems.
• Aloe might affect blood sugar levels and could interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking aloe at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
• If you take digoxin (Lanoxin), don’t use aloe latex because it works as a stimulant laxative and decreases potassium levels in the body; low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects when taking this medication.
• Before taking aloe vera, consult your doctor if you take the following medications:
• Diabetes medications
• Sevoflurane (Ultane)
• Stimulant laxatives
• Warfarin (Coumadin)
• Diuretic medications (water pills)