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Boldo

What is it?

Boldo is an herbal medicine used for stomach problems, constipation, and mild liver problems.

Other names for Boldo include: Boldus, Boldine, and Boldo-do-chile.

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 kidney or liver disease
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Boldo you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Boldo. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take Boldo without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

  • Blood thinning medicine (examples: warfarin (Coumadin(R)), clopidogrel (Plavix(R)), aspirin, enoxaparin (Lovenox(R)), dalteparin (Fragmin(R)))

Warnings:

  • Before taking Boldo, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Do not use Boldo if you have kidney disease (3)
  • Do not use if you have serious liver disease (1)
  • Do not use if you have severe gallbladder disease (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.

  • May irritate the kidneys (3). Tell your doctor if you have problems or pain with urination.

References:

1. Blumenthal M, Goldberg A & Brinckmann J (eds): Herbal Medicine, Expanded Commission E Monographs, 1st ed. Integrative Medicine Communications, Newton, MA; 2000.

2. Lambert JP & Cormier J: Potential interaction between warfarin and boldo-fenugreek. Pharmacotherapy 2001; 21(4):509-512.

3. Anon: Boldo leaf oil. Food Chem Toxicol 1982; 20(Suppl B):643.


Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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