What is it?
Vervain is an herbal medicine used to bring sleep and relaxation. It may also be used to treat stomach or bowel problems, kidney stones, colds, and infections. Other uses include increasing breast milk supply and treating seizures (uncontrolled shaking).
Other names for Vervain include: Verbena officinalis, Blue Vervain, Enchanter's Herb, Holy Herb, Pigeon Grass, Wild Hyssop, and Verbena.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
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 a seizure disorder (epilepsy) or asthma (breathing problems)
- have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
Talk with your caregiver about how much Vervain you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Vervain. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.
- Before taking Vervain, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Do not take Vervain if you have seizures (epilepsy) or asthma (breathing problems) (6)
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.
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Last Updated: 11/4/2014