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I currently take cape aloe (aloe Ferox) everyday for constipation

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Posted on Wed, 7 Nov 2018
Question: I currently take cape aloe (aloe Ferox) everyday for constipation. Can I continue using this if I was to get pregnant? I have horrible constipation issues.
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Answered by Dr. Aaron Branch (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Aloe Ferox is possibly unsafe during pregnancy.

Detailed Answer:
Hello, thank you for using 'Ask a Doctor'. Your question is a good one as it's always a good idea to make sure any medications, including herbal or non-prescription medications, are safe during pregnancy. For pregnancy, there is a warning for aloe products, such as Aloe ferox, during pregnancy, including a report that aloe was associated with miscarriage and could also be a risk for birth defects. For these reasons, I would recommend you avoid these products if you are planning on getting pregnant.

I'm not sure of your history with constipation, so you may already know most of this, but in addition to increasing fiber in your diet and drinking plenty of fluids, you can use medications such as magnesium hydroxide, lactulose, or bisacodyl safely during pregnancy. Castor oil can stimulate uterine contractions and mineral oil can cause vitamin deficiencies, so those are best avoided. Your doctor should be able to help guide you with your treatment if you continue to have persistent constipation during pregnancy.

I hope that answers your question, but please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
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Follow up: Dr. Aaron Branch (1 hour later)
Thanks so much for your response. Is there any harm in taking aloe ferox daily when not pregnant?
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Answered by Dr. Aaron Branch (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
I would like to know more.

Detailed Answer:
Do you know if the product you're using is the aloe gel or latex? What is the dose you take? Do you use it every day?
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I currently take cape aloe (aloe Ferox) everyday for constipation

Brief Answer: Aloe Ferox is possibly unsafe during pregnancy. Detailed Answer: Hello, thank you for using 'Ask a Doctor'. Your question is a good one as it's always a good idea to make sure any medications, including herbal or non-prescription medications, are safe during pregnancy. For pregnancy, there is a warning for aloe products, such as Aloe ferox, during pregnancy, including a report that aloe was associated with miscarriage and could also be a risk for birth defects. For these reasons, I would recommend you avoid these products if you are planning on getting pregnant. I'm not sure of your history with constipation, so you may already know most of this, but in addition to increasing fiber in your diet and drinking plenty of fluids, you can use medications such as magnesium hydroxide, lactulose, or bisacodyl safely during pregnancy. Castor oil can stimulate uterine contractions and mineral oil can cause vitamin deficiencies, so those are best avoided. Your doctor should be able to help guide you with your treatment if you continue to have persistent constipation during pregnancy. I hope that answers your question, but please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.