Chromium is safe for most people when used within recommended amounts for 6 months or less.
Chromium supplements are generally well tolerated when taken in recommended doses.
Using insulin or other antidiabetes medication together with chromium may cause your blood sugar to be too low.
In addition to insulin and thyroid medications, the following medications may interact with chromium:
- corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone)
- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; e.g., ibuprofen, indomethacin, naproxen)
- H2 blockers (e.g., famotidine, nizatidine, ranitidine)
- proton pump inhibitors (e.g., lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole)
Talk to your health care provider before starting chromium supplements if you have a kidney disorder or diabetes. You should also avoid chromium picolinate products if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Before taking any new medications, including natural health products, speak to your physician, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Tell your health care provider about any natural health products you may be taking.