It is difficult to recommend a universal dosage, because there are so many different forms of garlic, each of which may contain various amounts of the active components.
(Click Garlic Dosage for more information.)
Garlic can cause several side effects, such as:
- Garlicky breath and body odor
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Severe skin irritation and scarring (when applied directly to the skin).
(Click Garlic Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Garlic can potentially interact with several medications (see Garlic Drug Interactions).
Normal consumption of garlic through food is probably safe for most people, although medicinal use can cause serious problems. Some people are more likely than others to experience problems. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it medicinally if you have:
- A bleeding disorder
- Ulcers, heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- An upcoming surgery or procedure
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Garlic and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Garlic and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Is Garlic Safe? for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)