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blue cohosh

Generic Name: blue cohosh (BLEW KOE hawsh)Brand Names:

What is blue cohosh?

The use of blue cohosh in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Blue cohosh is also known as Caulophyllum thalictroides, blue ginseng, papoose root, yellow ginseng, blueberry root, and beech drops.

Blue cohosh has been used to stimulate menstrual flow, to induce labor, and for rheumatism, cramps, and epilepsy.

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

Blue cohosh may also have uses other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about blue cohosh?

Do not take blue cohosh without first talking to your doctor or health care provider if you have stomach or intestinal problems or high blood pressure. Blue cohosh may aggravate these conditions. Do not take blue cohosh without first talking to your doctor or health care provider if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether blue cohosh will harm an unborn baby. Blue cohosh may affect the menstrual cycle and may cause uterine contractions that could result in miscarriage or premature labor.

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

Who should not take blue cohosh?

Do not take blue cohosh without first talking to your doctor or health care provider if you have stomach or intestinal problems or high blood pressure. Blue cohosh may aggravate these conditions.

Before taking blue cohosh, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have allergies (especially to plants), have any other medical condition, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Blue cohosh may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not take blue cohosh without first talking to your doctor or health care provider if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether blue cohosh will harm an unborn baby. Blue cohosh may affect the menstrual cycle and may cause uterine contractions that could result in miscarriage or premature labor. Do not take blue cohosh without first talking to your doctor or health care provider if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether blue cohosh will harm a nursing infant. There is no information available regarding the use of blue cohosh by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take blue cohosh?

The use of blue cohosh in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

If you choose to take blue cohosh, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Standardized extracts, tinctures, and solid formulations of herbal/health supplements may provide a more reliable dose of the product.

Take the pill forms of blue cohosh with a full glass of water.

To ensure the correct dose, measure the liquid forms of blue cohosh with a dropper or a dose-measuring spoon or cup.

Some forms of blue cohosh can be brewed to form a tea for drinking.

Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, liquids, teas, and others) of blue cohosh at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of blue cohosh.

Store blue cohosh as directed on the package. In general, blue cohosh should be protected from light and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

No information is available regarding a missed dose of blue cohosh. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you require further information.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a blue cohosh overdose are not well known but might include stomach pain.

What should I avoid while taking blue cohosh?

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking blue cohosh, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.

Blue cohosh side effects

Although rare, allergic reactions to blue cohosh may occur. Stop taking blue cohosh and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Irritation of the skin and mucous membranes has been reported following contact with blue cohosh powder.

Other side effects have not been reported, although they may occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect blue cohosh?

Interactions between blue cohosh and other prescription or over-the-counter medicines or herbal/health supplements have not been reported. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional before taking blue cohosh if you are taking any other medicines or supplements.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider may have more information about blue cohosh.
  • Consultation with a licensed health care 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 health care 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.
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