There is not enough evidence to know if it is effective for any use (see Does Fenugreek Work? for more information).
The best fenugreek dose has not yet been determined (see Fenugreek Dosage for more information.)
Fenugreek can cause several side effects, such as:
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Body and urine odors that smell like maple syrup.
(Click Fenugreek Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Fenugreek can potentially interact with a few medications (see Fenugreek Drug Interactions).
Normal doses are probably safe for most people when taken in normal amounts, such as amounts found in food, although higher doses can cause problems. Some people may be more likely to experience problems than others. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this supplement if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Fenugreek and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Fenugreek and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Is Fenugreek Safe? for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)