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It is being promoted to help support female health problems, like the symptoms of menopause (hot flashes)

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What is this medicine?

BLACK COHOSH (blak KOH hosh) or Cimicifuga racemosa is a dietary supplement. It is being promoted to help support female health problems, like the symptoms of menopause (hot flashes). Black cohosh is also promoted to ease menstrual pain or pre- menstrual syndrome (PMS). The FDA does not recognize black cohosh as being safe or effective for any use at this time, and warns against its use in pregnancy.

This supplement may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • cancer
  • endometriosis or uterine fibroids
  • high blood pressure
  • infertility
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • menstrual changes or irregular periods
  • unusual vaginal or uterine bleeding
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to black cohosh, soybeans, tartrazine dye (yellow dye number 5), other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this herb by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package labeling, or talk to your health care professional. Do not use for longer than 6 months without the advice of a health care professional. Do not use if you are pregnant or breast- feeding. Talk to your obstetrician- gynecologist or certified nurse- midwife.

This herb is not for use in children under the age of 18 years.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
  • fertility treatments
  • medicines for blood pressure
  • medicines for diabetes

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