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Generic Name: chromium picolinate

People need very small amounts of chromium in the diet
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What is this medicine?

CHROMIUM (KROH mee um) is an essential nutrient. People need very small amounts of chromium in the diet. Very few people develop low levels of chromium. Most people get their needed amount by eating a balanced, healthy diet. Chromium may help regulate blood sugar. Chromium is also claimed to increase athletic performance in athletes and to decrease body fat in dieters. However, chromium supplements are not approved by the FDA for these uses.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to chromium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. For best results take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • levothyroxine and other thyroid hormones
  • medicines used to treat diabetes or used to lower blood sugar

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Follow a good diet. Taking a supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have chromium naturally are whole grains, egg yolks, brewer's yeast, liver, meats, nuts, and potatoes with skin. Limit alcohol, smoking and stress.

This supplement may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

Too much of this supplement can be unsafe. Talk to your doctor or health care provider about how much is right for you.

Tell your doctor if you have a change in your physical or mental health while taking this supplement.

Certain forms of chromium are not for human use. Do not take chromium products that are not labeled for use as nutritional supplements or medicine.

Supplements are not regulated like medicines. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:
  • Always read product labels and follow directions.
  • Natural does not mean a product is safe for humans to take.
  • Look for products that include USP after the ingredient name. This means that the manufacturer followed the standards of the US Pharmacopoeia.
  • Supplements made or sold by a nationally known food or drug company are more likely to be made under tight controls. You can write to the company for more information about how the product was made.

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