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Who should not take aloe vera?

Although aloe vera is generally thought to be safe, individuals who are allergic or hypersensitive to aloe vera, or any ingredient in the gel preparation, should not use these products.

The oral use of aloe vera in children may not be safe. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take aloe vera. Individuals with diabetes or problems with low blood sugar should avoid aloe vera because it can cause further lowering of blood glucose. Intestinal conditions such as Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, or obstructions can be worsened by the oral use of aloe vera. Individuals with kidney problems or hemorrhoids should not use aloe vera orally. If you are going to have surgery, discontinue the use of aloe vera two weeks before the procedure. The FDA requested manufacturers remove or reformulate oral laxative products and report safety data by November 2002.

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