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Chamomile

What is it?

Chamomile is an herbal medicine used to treat gas, travel (motion) sickness, diarrhea, nervous stomach, and tension and restlessness to help you relax. It is also applied to the skin to treat hemorrhoids, swollen and painful breasts, wounds, rashes, and leg ulcers.

Other names for Chamomile include: Matricaria chamomilla, German Chamomile, and Wild Chamomile.

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

Dosage:

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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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

  • Blood thinning medicine (warfarin (Coumadin(R)))

Warnings:

  • Before taking Chamomile, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Chamomile may cause an allergic reaction or make rashes worse in some sensitive people
  • Not recommended for teething babies
  • Do not take Chamomile if you have hayfever or asthma (breathing problems)
  • Chamomile may cause drowsiness (make you tired), so be careful while driving an automobile or operating machinery

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.

  • You may have allergic skin reactions
  • High doses may cause vomiting (throwing up)
  • May cause drowsiness (sleepiness)

References:

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

2. Newall C, Anderson L, Phillipson J: Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals, The Pharmaceutical Press, London, UK; 1996:21.

3. Mitchell J, Rook A: Botanical Dermatology - plants and plant products injurious to the skin. Greengrass, Vancouver, BC; 1979.

4. Kettel WG: Allergy to Matricaria chamomilla. Contact Dermatitis 1987; 16:50-1.

5. Fachinformation: Kamillosan (R) insert; 1997.

6. Harris B & Lewis R: Chamomile - Part 1. Int J Altern Complement Med 1994:12.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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