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Neem

What is it?

Neem is an herbal medicine used for contraception (birth control), skin problems, worm infections, ulcers, gingivitis (swelling and redness of gums), fever, upset stomach, head lice, heart disease and diabetes.

Other names for Neem include: Bead Tree, Holy Tree, Indian Lilac, Margosa, Nim, Nimba, Persian Lilac, Pride of China.

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 Neem you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Neem. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Neem, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Taking large amounts of Neem seeds can be unsafe. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about how much Neem you should take.
  • Do not give Neem to your infant or child. Neem can cause serious side effects in children such as seizures, coma (you cannot wake up your child) and death.

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:

This medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

References:

1. Sinniah MA, Baskaran G, Looi LM et al. Reye-like syndrome due to margosa oil poisoning: report of a case with postmortem findings. Am J Gastroenterol 1982; 77(3):158-161.

2. Sundaravalli N, Raju BB & Krishnamoorthy KA: Neem oil poisoning. The Indian J Pediatr 1982; 49(398): 357-359.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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