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Anise

What is it?

Anise is an herb used to treat upset stomach, gas, colic, scabies, cough, asthma, irritated and inflamed bowel conditions, arthritis, and menstrual (monthly period) problems. It is also used to increase breast milk, improve sex drive, and to help during childbirth. Anise is used for colds, bronchitis and respiratory infections.

Other names for anise include: aniseed, Anisi fractus, Pimpinella Anisum, Sweet Cumin, and anisum.

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

Dosage:

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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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

Warnings:

Side Effects:

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

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.

References:

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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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