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Bayberry

What is it?

Bayberry is an herbal medicine used for diarrhea, fever, upset stomach (nausea), and the common cold. It is also used as a gargle for sore throat. However, there is no scientific information available for the above-mentioned uses.

Other names for Bayberry include: Candleberry bark, Myrica, Southern wax myrtle, Waxberry, and Wax myrtle bark.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Bayberry you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Bayberry. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Warnings:

  • Before taking Bayberry, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Do not use too much Bayberry or use it too often (1)

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Large doses may cause you to retain (hold) water and cause high blood pressure (1)

References:

1. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD: Herbal Medicines, A Guide For Health-care professionals. Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, UK; 1996.

2. Anon: British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. British Herbal Medicine Association, Keighley, UK; 1983.


Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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