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Broom

What is it?

Broom is an herbal medicine used for heart weakness, fast heart rate, and large amounts of menstrual (period) blood flow.

Other names for Broom include: Hogweed, Scoparius, Cytisus Scoparius Link, and Spartium scoparium.

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 Broom you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Broom. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Broom, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Do not use Broom except under the direct supervision of your care giver (2)
  • If you have high blood pressure or any heart condition, you should not use Broom (3)
  • Broom may be poisonous (4)

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.

  • Poisoning symptoms include fast heart rate, nausea (upset stomach), diarrhea (loose stools), and feeling dizzy or tired (4)

References:

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

2. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R et al (eds): American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook: guidelines for the safe use and labeling for herbs in commerce. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1997.

3. Mills S. The dictionary of modern herbalism. Thorsons, Wellingborough, UK; 1985.

4. Newall C, Anderson L, Phillipson J. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals. The Pharmaceutical Press, London, UK; 1966.

5. Mabey, R (editor). The complete new herbal. Elm Tree Books, London, UK; 1988.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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