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Who should not use chromium?

Chromium supplements should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women -- there isn’t enough information to know if the supplement could be harmful. Avoid chromium supplements if you take drugs to treat heartburn or reflux, including antacids, Aciphex (rabeprazole), Axid (nizatidine), Nexium (esomeprazole), Pepcid (famotidine), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), Tagamet (cimetidine), or Zantac (ranitidine). All these drugs can keep your body from absorbing the chromium or make you excrete the supplement faster. Chromium may also make the effect of certain drugs stronger.

Avoid taking chromium supplements if you also take beta-blockers such as Inderal (propanolol) or Tenormin (atenolol), insulin, nicotinic acid (niacin), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin, Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen), Feldene (piroxicam), or Indocin (indomethacin), or corticosteroids.

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