What is it?
Black cohosh is an herbal medicine used to treat menopause symptoms.
Other names for black cohosh include: Chimicifuga racemosa, Squaw root, Rattlesnake root, Black root, and Black snakeroot.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
Talk with your caregiver about how much black cohosh you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking black cohosh. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more black cohosh or take it more often than what is written on the directions.
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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.
Drug and Food Interactions:
Do not take black cohosh without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects.
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.
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