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Burdock

What is it?

Burdock has been used for eczema and other skin conditions, arthritis, liver diseases, gout (redness and swelling of the joints), bladder infection, and eating disorders.

Other names for Burdock include: Lappa, Bardana, Clotbur, Gobo, Thorny Burr, and Beggar's Buttons.

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 Burdock you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Burdock. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Burdock without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

  • Diabetic medicine (examples: insulin, Glucophage(R) metformin, DiaBeta(R) Glynase(R) glyburide) (2)

Warnings:

  • Before taking Burdock, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

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.

  • A single case of human poisoning with Burdock has been reported (4)
  • You may experience blurred vision, dry mouth, constipation, and an increased heart rate (4)

References:

1. Bradley PR, editor: British Herbal Compendium, Vol 1. British Herbal Medicine Association, Bournemouth, UK; 1992.

2. Lapinina L, Sisoeva T. Investigation of some plants to determine their sugar lowering action. Farmatsevt Zh 1964; 19:52-58.

3. Farnsworth N. Potential value of plants as sources of new antifertility agents. I. J Pharm Sci 1975; 64:535-598.

4. Bryson P et al. Burdock root tea poisoning. Case report involving a commercial preparation. JAMA 1978; 239:2157-2158.


Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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