chromium picolinate (generic name)
Chromium (brand name)
People need very small amounts of chromium in the diet
(KROH mee um)
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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:
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?
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: