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Azo-Cranberry
Azo-Cranberry


Azo-Cranberry

Generic Name: cranberry (KRAN ber ee)Brand Names: Azo-Cranberry, Cranberry

What is Azo-Cranberry (cranberry)?

Cranberry is produced from the berry fruit of a North American evergreen shrub.

Cranberry has been used in alternative medicine to prevent bladder symptoms such as pain or burning with urination. Cranberry will not treat the bacteria that causes a bladder infection.

Cranberry has also been used to reduce the odor of urine and to improve the quality of life in people who have urinary incontinence.

Cranberry has not been approved by the FDA to treat any disease, and it should not be substituted for prescription medications.

Cranberry has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of cranberry may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. Some marketed herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Cranberry may also have other uses not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Azo-Cranberry (cranberry)?Cranberry has not been approved by the FDA to treat any disease, and it should not be substituted for prescription medications. Do not take cranberry if you are allergic to it.

Before taking cranberry, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider. You may not be able to use this product if you have ever had a kidney stone or if you take a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).

Cranberry will not treat bacteria that causes a bladder infection.

Cranberry has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of cranberry may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. Some marketed herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Stop using cranberry and call your doctor at once if you have any symptoms of a bladder infection, such as pain or burning when you urinate, blood in your urine, severe stomach pain, or urinating less than usual or not at all.

Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, and you may have none at all. Tell your doctor, pharmacist, or healthcare provider about any unusual or bothersome side effect.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Azo-Cranberry (cranberry)?Do not take cranberry if you are allergic to it.

Before taking cranberry, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider. You may not be able to use this product if you have ever had a kidney stone.

Do not take cranberry without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Cranberry may be harmful to an unborn baby. It is not known whether cranberry passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this product without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without the advice of a doctor.

Liquid forms of cranberry may contain sugar or alcohol. Talk to your doctor before using this form of cranberry if you have diabetes or liver disease, or if you otherwise need to avoid alcohol.

How should I take Azo-Cranberry (cranberry)?

When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.

If you choose to take cranberry, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.

Cranberry is available in a capsule or tablet formulation.

Other forms of cranberry may also be available, such as teas, tinctures, or liquids. Do not use many different forms of cranberry together at the same time, unless your healthcare provider instructs you to. Using different forms together may increase your risk of an overdose of cranberry.

Store cranberry in a sealed container as directed on the product label, away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take this product and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra cranberry to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this product.

Overdose symptoms may include stomach pain or diarrhea.

What should I avoid while taking Azo-Cranberry (cranberry)?

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are taking cranberry.

Azo-Cranberry (cranberry) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using cranberry and call your doctor at once if you have any symptoms of a bladder infection, such as:
  • pain or burning when you urinate;

  • blood in your urine;

  • severe stomach pain; or

  • urinating less than usual or not at all.

Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor, pharmacist, or healthcare provider about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Azo-Cranberry (cranberry)?

Do not take cranberry without the advice of a doctor if you are also taking a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).

There may be other drugs not listed that can interact with cranberry. Tell your healthcare provider about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your healthcare provider.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your doctor, pharmacist, or healthcare provider may have more information about cranberry.
  • Consultation with a licensed healthcare professional is advisable before using any herbal/health supplement. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial and coordination of treatment among all healthcare providers involved may be advantageous. Remember, keep this and all other prescription drug products, over-the-counter drug products, and herbal/health supplements out of the reach of children.
  • Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Copyright 1996-2006 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 1.04. Revision Date: 4/12/2009 4:43:55 PM.
  • Cranberry Natural MedFacts for Professionals (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Cranberry Natural MedFacts for Consumers (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Cranberry MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)

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