Can children take SAM-e?
Since SAM-e hasn’t been tested in children yet, you should not give it to your child without a doctor’s recommendation.
Can I take other drugs or supplements with SAM-e?
Consult your doctor before using SAM-e if you are using any medications. People taking MAO inhibitors for depression should not take SAM-e without a doctor’s recommendation.
Can I take SAM-e if I’m pregnant or nursing?
Even though SAM-e is safe under most circumstances, pregnant or nursing women should never take any drug or supplement without consulting a doctor.
How long should I keep taking SAM-e?
SAM-e supplements are like vitamins. It will continue to help you as long as you take it. So keep taking SAM-e as long as you are not experiencing any adverse effects and want to see results!
How long will SAM-e take to work?
Many people report mood improvement in as little as one to two weeks. If after 2 weeks you are not experiencing desired benefits, you may want to try increasing the dose. If you’re taking SAM-e for your joints, you may have to wait up to a month to see positive results.
How much SAM-e should I take?
You should start out with 200-400 mg of SAM-e every day. If benefits are not achieved within two weeks, you may require a higher level of supplementation. To determine the proper level of supplementation that works for you, gradually increase the number of tablets (maximum 1600 mg/day) until benefits are achieved.
How should I take SAM-e?
You should take SAM-e first thing in the morning, at least half an hour before you eat. If this bothers you, you can split your dose and take half before breakfast and half before lunch. Taking SAM-e before bed may make it harder to fall asleep.
Where can I get Nature Made® SAM-e?
You can find Nature Made® SAM-e at most chain drug and discount stores, including Osco/Sav-On, Kmart, CVS, Eckerd, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Costco, BJ’s, Target and Wal-Mart. You can also get Nature Made® SAM-e at most major grocery stores and over the Internet from many health and wellness sites.
Who should not take SAM-e?
People with bipolar (manic) depression should not take SAM-e except under a doctor's supervision. Also, if you are pregnant or nursing, or taking prescription antidepressant medications, consult your doctor before taking SAM-e.
Why is SAM-e so expensive?
Naturally occurring SAM-e is an extremely delicate substance. The process of making SAM-e in a stable form that can be packaged and shipped is very complicated and expensive.