What is it?
Rhatany root is an herbal medicine that is used by mouth for diarrhea or as a mouthwash or gargle for gingivitis and sore throat. It is also used on the skin for hemorrhoids or to stop a wound from bleeding.
Other names for Rhatany root include: Krameria, Peruvian Rhatany, Rhatanhiawurzel, Rote Ratanhia, Panacuchu, Peru-Ratanhia, and Racine de Ratanhia.
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
Talk with your caregiver about how much Rhatany root you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Rhatany 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.
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.
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.
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Last Updated: 6/13/2013
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