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Blackberry

What is it?

Blackberry is an herbal medicine used to treat diabetes, diarrhea (loose stools), and inflammation (redness, tenderness, and swelling). It may also be used for mouth soreness and to treat cuts, scrapes, and gout. Blackberry may be used to prevent cancer and heart disease.

Other names for Blackberry include: Bramble, Dewberry, Goutberry, and Thimbleberry.

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 (uh-ler-jik) to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or diet supplement)
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Blackberry you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Blackberry. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.

Warnings:

  • Before taking Blackberry, 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. This may mean that you are allergic (uh-ler-jik) to the medicine.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

Your medicine may cause other effects. If you think you have side effects from your medicine, tell your caregiver right away.

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Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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