A safe and effective skullcap dosage has not been determined yet. Since there is little information about dosing, it is best to start with a reasonable dose and see how your body responds to the supplement. If it does not work well enough, try increasing the dose. If side effects occur, you may want to use a lower skullcap dose.
It is important to note that unlike medications (for which the standard doses have been well established), there is less information for determining the best dose for supplements, including skullcap.
A safe and effective skullcap dose has not been determined. Since there is little evidence to guide you in your choice of a skullcap dosage, a good plan is to start with a reasonable dose and see how your body reacts to that dosage. If you find that you are experiencing skullcap side effects, maybe a lower dose would be better. If it seems to be working a little, but not quite well enough, maybe a higher dose (but not more than recommended on the label) would be right for you. A maximum safe skullcap dose has not been established.
Skullcap comes in numerous different forms, such as liquid extracts or teas. The "recommended" doses for these products may differ, due to differing potencies or other factors. Be sure to follow the specific directions for your particular skullcap product.
Some considerations for people taking skullcap include:
- Since the manufacturing of supplements (such as skullcap) is not closely regulated, it is important to choose a trustworthy manufacturer for skullcap supplements. It is a good idea to look for the "USP" symbol, since this means that the supplement has been tested and contains the right ingredients in the right amounts.
- If you have any chronic health problems or take any prescription medications, it is probably a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking skullcap.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or skullcap dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider.