Generic Name: arnica (ARE-nih-ka)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Arnica tincture is used for:
Temporarily relieving irritation from minor bruising and soreness. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Arnica tincture is a counterirritant. Exactly how it works is unknown.
Do NOT use arnica tincture if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in arnica tincture
- you have a stomach or intestinal infection or irritation
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using arnica tincture:
Some medical conditions may interact with arnica tincture. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have cut, broken, scraped, or irritated skin
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with arnica tincture. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Disulfiram, fluorouracil, furazolidone, or metronidazole because fast or irregular heartbeat, flushing, headache, nausea, trouble breathing, and vomiting may occur
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if arnica tincture may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use arnica tincture:
Use arnica tincture as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Arnica tincture is for external use only. Do not get arnica tincture in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get arnica tincture in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool water.
- Dilute arnica tincture before using and apply to the affected area as directed by your doctor or the package labeling.
- If you miss a dose of arnica tincture and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use arnica tincture.
Important safety information:
- Do not exceed the recommended dose or use arnica tincture for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Arnica tincture may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken arnica tincture by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
- Arnica tincture is flammable. Do not store or use near sparks, near an open flame, or while smoking.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking arnica tincture, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using arnica tincture during pregnancy. It is unknown if arnica tincture is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using arnica tincture, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of arnica tincture:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild redness or irritation of the skin.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe or persistent irritation.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include blood in the stool; changes in heart rate; diarrhea; redness, pain, or blood in the mouth or throat; vomiting.Proper storage of arnica tincture:
Store arnica tincture at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep arnica tincture out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about arnica tincture, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Arnica tincture is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take arnica tincture or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about arnica tincture. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to arnica tincture. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using arnica tincture.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.