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Stone root

What is it?

Stone Root is an herbal medicine used to treat kidney and bladder stones and to increase (make more) urine flow. It may also help you lose water that has caused ankle or hand swelling. Stone Root may be used to treat irritable bowels and colitis (inflammation of the colon) if taken by mouth. It may help sores, bruises, and cuts if put on the skin.

Other names for Stone Root include: Collinsonia canadensis, Heal-All, Rich Weed, Horse Balm, and Knob Root.

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 Stone Root you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Stone Root. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Stone Root, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Use with caution if you have high blood pressure (3)

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.

  • Increase in blood pressure (3)

References:

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

2. Newall CA, Anderson LA & Phillipson JD: Herbal Medicines. A Guide for Health-care Professionals. Pharmaceutical Press, London, UK; 1996.

3. Fetrow CW & Avila JR: Professional's Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Sprinhouse Corporation, Springhouse, PA; 1999: 620-622.


Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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