There are very few side effects associated with shilajit consumption. It rare instances it may cause or exacerbate gout and if consumed with iron supplements an overdose could occur since it is very high in iron. Aside from this, shilajit is considered safe in relatively high quantities without the risk of adverse reactions.
Shilajit is comprised mainly of decayed plant matter and is found among river rocks in various parts of Asia. It is also called mineral pitch. People in these regions have used it for many years to treat and prevent a variety of health problems, including leprosy, hemorrhoids, sexual dysfunction, skin irritation, wrinkles, asthma, diabetes, and anemia. These benefits have been noted and recorded.
Since shilajit side effects are so rare, many patients prefer to use supplements instead of more conventional drugs. This can be beneficial to some, although those with a serious medical condition should always consult a physician before starting any treatment plan. Although there are few shilajit side effects, neglecting other therapies when appropriate for conditions such as diabetes or asthma could result in a host of health problems.
Being that shilajit is a naturally occurring substance, it may not be fully tested for potential drug interactions. Patients should keep this in mind when taking it in combination with medications. An herbalist or naturalist should be consulted if unsure. Although no known interactions have been reported, shilajit side effects have not be tested for all available over the counter and prescriptions drugs.
Although not reported, any shilajit side effects should be noted if they do occur. Each person is an individual and may react differently than most to a particular substance. Just as most can tolerate peanuts or shrimp, others can have an often fatal allergic reaction. If this type of reaction should occur, symptoms could include itchiness, welts, hives, shortness of breath, dizziness, rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, or swelling. These symptoms are extremely unlikely, but should be kept in mind.
It should also be noted that all tests conducted on shilajit have been done on lab animals and not on humans. For this reason, persons taking shilajit should be watchful for any unusual symptoms while taking the supplement.