Hawthorn is an herbal medicine used to treat heart failure, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis (hardening and blocking of the arteries). It may also be used to treat inflammation (in-flah-MAY-shun) or to treat a heart that is not beating normally. Hawthorn may be used to improve joint health.
Other names for hawthorn include: Crataegus , Chinese hawthorn, Maybush, and Whitethorn.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse about how much hawthorn you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking hawthorn. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more hawthorn or take it more often than what is written on the directions.
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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.
Do not take hawthorn without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following 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.
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