Vitex Side Effects

Although vitex is a "natural" product, it can still cause side effects. Some of the possible side effects of vitex include nausea, headaches, and diarrhea. There are also several side effects that may be more serious and should immediately be reported to your healthcare provider. Some of these serious side effects include signs of an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of the mouth.

Does Vitex Cause Side Effects?

Even though it is a natural product, vitex (chasteberry) may cause side effects. People often assume that natural products are always safe and free of side effects. However, this is simply not the case. It is reasonable to assume that any natural product with the capability to have medicinal properties may also have side effects.

Possible Side Effects of Vitex

Possible bothersome (although not usually serious) vitex side effects that have been reported include:

Serious Side Effects

In general, vitex does not appear to be likely to cause serious side effects. As with any medication or herb, allergic reactions are possible. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you develop signs of an allergic reaction to vitex, such as:
  • An unexplained rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing.

Final Thoughts

It is possible that you may experience some or none of these side effects explained above. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking vitex, or if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of vitex, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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