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Pumpkin seed

What is it?

Pumpkin Seed is an herbal medicine used for bladder irritation, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), problems with urinating, and kidney stones.

Other names for Pumpkin Seed include: Cucurbita pepo, Semen peponis, Kurbissamen, Graine de Pepon, Graine de Courge, Autumn Squash, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, and Graine de Ditrouille.

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 Pumpkin Seed you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Pumpkin Seed. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Pumpkin Seed without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

  • Warfarin (Coumadin(R))

Warnings:

  • Before taking Pumpkin Seed, 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.

  • Diarrhea (loose stools) and nausea (upset stomach)

References:

1. Bisset NG, Wichtl M (eds): Herbal and Phytopharmaceuticals: a handbook for practice on a scientific basis. Medpharm Scientific Publishers, CRC Press, Stuttgart, Germany; 1994.

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

3. Hsueh-Chang C & Ming H: Pumpkin seed (Cucurbita moschata) in the treatment of acute Schistosomiasis. Chin Med J 1960; 80:115-120.

4. Yue QY & Jansson K: Herbal drug Curbicin and anticoagulation effect with and without warfarin: possible related to the vitamin E component. J Am Geriatr Soc 2001; 49(6):838.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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