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Scotch broom

What is it?

Scotch Broom is an herbal medicine that is used for heart and circulatory problems, as a diuretic (to increase urine flow), and to induce vomiting.

Other names for Scotch Broom include: Cytisus scoparius, Bannal, Broom Top, Genista, Ginsterdraut, Hogweed, Irish Broom Top, and Sarothamni 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 any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Scotch Broom you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Scotch Broom. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Scotch Broom tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you have a heart pacemaker, you should not take Scotch Broom (2)

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.

  • Call your doctor if you feel your heart skip beats or beat fast, feel dizzy, or change in mental status (problems thinking). This may be a poisoning from overdose (2)
  • Headaches, diarrhea, upset stomach, and throwing up have been reported with the use of Scotch Broom (2)

References:

1. Blumenthal, Busse, Goldberg, et al: The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines, The American Botanical Council, Austin, TX; 1998.

2. Fetrow C & Avila J: Professional's Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Springhouse Corporation, Springhouse, PA; 1999:101-103.


Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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