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Chamomile

What is it?

Chamomile is an herbal medicine/supplement used to treat insomnia, anxiety, nervous tension, and digestive disorders.

Other names for Drug name include: Hungarian chamomile, Pineheads, Scented mayweed.

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 breast feeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much chamomile you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking chamomile. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 chamomile without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

  • Blood thinning medicine (examples: warfarin (Coumadin(R)) (1)

Warnings:

  • Before taking chamomile tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding

Side Effects: Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing, or rash.

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.

  • Taking too much chamomile may cause unusual bleeding or bruising, dizziness and weakness.
  • Nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes (2)

References:

1. Product Information: COUMADIN(R) oral tablets, IV injection, warfarin sodium oral tablets, IV injection. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ, 2007.

2. Scala G: Acute, short-lasting rhinitis due to camomile-scented toilet paper in patients allergic to compositae. Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2006; 139(4):330-331.


Last Updated: 6/12/2013

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