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Meadowsweet

What is it?

Meadowsweet is an herbal medicine used to treat a number of stomach problems, such as heartburn, stomach ulcers, and diarrhea (loose stools). Meadowsweet is also used to fight infections or to relieve the pain of sore joints and muscles.

Other names for Meadowsweet include: Dropwort, Filipendula, and Queen of the Meadow herb.

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 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 Meadowsweet you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Meadowsweet. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Meadowsweet 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)))
  • Medicines used for pain or swelling (examples: ibuprofen (Advil(R), Motrin(R)), naproxen (Aleve(R), Naprosyn(R)), nabumetone (Relafen(R)))

Warnings:

  • Before taking Meadowsweet, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Contains aspirin-like substances; it should be used carefully in patients taking aspirin or medicine to decrease blood clotting (5-8)
  • People who are allergic to aspirin should not take this medicine (1)
  • Do not use Meadowsweet if you have asthma (4)
  • Using too much or for too long may produce stomach upset or kidney damage (4,5)

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:

This medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

References:

1. Chevallier A: The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. DK Publishing, New York, NY; 1996.

2. Bradley PR (ed.): British Herbal Compendium, vol. 1. British Herbal Medicine Association, Bournemouth, UK; 1992.

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

4. Barnaulov OD et al: Chemical composition and primary evaluation of the properties of preparations from Filipendula ulmaria (L.) Maxim flowers. Rastit Resur 1977; 13:661-669.

5. Barnaulov OD et al: Preliminary evaluation of the spasmolytic properties of some natural compounds and galenic preparations. Rastit Resur 1978; 14:573-579.

6. Saifullina NA & Kozhina IS: Composition of essential oils from flowers of Filipendula ulmaria, F. denudata, and F. stepposa. Rastit Resur 1975; 11:542-544.

7. Thieme H: Isolierung eines neuen Phenolischen Glyckosids aus den Blueten von Filipendula ulmaria (L.) Maxim. Pharmazie 1966; 21:123.

8. Valle MG et al: Das Aetherische Oel aus Filipendula ulmaria. Planta Med 1988; 54:181-182.

9. Newall C, Anderson L & Phillipson J. Ginseng, Panax. In: Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals. The Pharmaceutical Press, London, UK; 1996.

10. Fetrow CW & Avila JR (eds): Professional's Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Springhouse Corporation, Springhouse, PA; 1999.

11. Abebe W: Herbal medication: Potential for adverse interactions with analgesic drugs. J Clin Pharm Ther 2002; 27(6):391-401.


Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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