* *ADVISORY* *Borage oil is contraindicated in pregnancy given its potential for inducing labor and causing birth defects. Borage oil may lower the seizure threshold in certain patients, thereby increasing the likelihood of seizure. It also has the potential for interaction with warfarin, a common blood thinner. Therefore, patients on seizure medications or warfarin should not use borage oil. Women in the childbearing years should not use this supplement.
DOSAGE:The typical dosage of borage oil for treating eczema is 1-2 grams daily. Rheumatoid arthritis is treated with 2-3 g daily. The typical dosage of GLA when it is used for alleviating cyclic mastalgia (breast pain) or eczema is 200-400 mg daily (2-4 g of evening primrose oil, or 1-2 g borage oil).
CONCLUSION:We conclude that borage oil is a safe adjunct product for treating rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, and fibrocystic breast disease. Unfortunately, the full anti-inflammatory effect may take up to 6 months to become apparent.
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