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Carob

What is it?

Carob is used in foods and cooking in place of chocolate. It is also used to thicken food and baby formula and to prevent diarrhea in children.

Other names for Carob include: Ceratonia Siliqua L, Carob bean, Carob seed gum, Carob tree, caroube, carruba, and carube.

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 other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
  • have a bowel blockage

Dosage:

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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take Carob without talking to your doctor if you are taking:

  • Digoxin
  • Vitamin A

Warnings:

  • Before taking Carob, 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 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.

  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of the lining of the nose
  • Red eyes, thick discharge from the eyes, or sticky eyelids in the morning when you wake up (4)

References:

1. Hostettler M, Steffen R & Tschopp A: Efficacy and tolerance of insoluble carob fraction in the treatment of traveler's diarrhoea. J Diarrhoeal Dis Res 1995; 13(3):155-158.

2. Kasper H, Zilly W, Fassel H et al: The effect of dietary fiber on postprandial serum digoxin concentrations in man. Am J Clin Nutr 1979; 32:2436-2438.

3. Savino F, Muratore MC, Silvestro L et al: Allergy to carob gum in an infant. J Ped Gastroenterol Nutr 1999; 29:475-476.

4. van der Brempt X, Ledent C & Mairesse M: Rhinitis and asthma caused byoccupational exposure to carob bean flour. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1992; 90:1008-1010.

5. Kasper H, Rabast U, Fassl H et al: The effect of dietary fiber on the postprandial serum vitamin A concentration in man. Am J Clin Nutr 1979; 32:1847-1849.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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