Lithospermum is an herbal medicine used to improve the immune system's response to such conditions as cancer and acute illness. It also has properties that may be useful in the treatment of infection and inflammation (pain, swelling, and redness). Its use for any of these conditions may not be effective.
Other names for Lithospermum include: Koushikon, Shikon, Shiunko, Gromwell, Pearl Plant, Western Gromwell, Puccoon, Western Stoneseed, and Stoneseed.
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 caregiver about how much Lithospermum you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Lithospermum. 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.
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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Lithospermum without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these 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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