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Generic: black cohosh
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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 should I watch for while using this medicine?

Since this herb is derived from a plant, allergic reactions are possible. Stop using this herb if you develop a rash. You may need to see your health care professional, or inform them that this occurred. Report any unusual side effects promptly.

If you are taking this herb for menstrual or menopausal symptoms, visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You should have a complete check- up every 6 months. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam while on this therapy. Follow the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop taking this herb at once and contact your doctor or health care professional.

Herbal or dietary supplements are not regulated like medicines. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:
  • Always read product labels and follow directions.
  • Natural does not mean a product is safe for humans to take.
  • Look for products that include USP after the ingredient name. This means that the manufacturer followed the standards of the US Pharmacopoeia.
  • Supplements made or sold by a nationally known food or drug company are more likely to be made under tight controls. You can write to the company for more information about how the product was made.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing
  • easy bruising
  • fast heartbeat, slow heartbeat, or palpitations
  • headache
  • high blood pressure
  • severe nausea or vomiting
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • heartburn
  • mild upset stomach

               
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