Chamomile

Generic Name: chamomile (Not applicable.)
Brand Name: Generics only. No brands available.

Chamomile is used for:

Inflammation, stomach upset, colds, and menstrual cramps. It has also been used for skin wounds, mouth sores, or irritation of the anogenital area. It may also have other uses. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand.

Chamomile is an herbal product. It works by relaxing nerves and muscles.

Do NOT use chamomile if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in chamomile
  • you are pregnant

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using chamomile:

Some medical conditions may interact with chamomile. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are 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, especially ragweed, asters, or chrysanthemums

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with chamomile. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Warfarin because side effects, such as increased risk of bleeding, may occur

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if chamomile 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 chamomile:

Use chamomile as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Dosing depends on the use and the source of the product.
  • Use as directed on the package, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss taking a dose of chamomile for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use chamomile.

Important safety information:

  • Chamomile may cause drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to chamomile. Using chamomile alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • This product has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe and effective for any medical condition. The long-term safety of herbal products is not known. Before using any alternative medicine, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use this product during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while using this product, check with your doctor to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of chamomile:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with the proper use of chamomile. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the hands, throat, mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty swallowing; hoarseness; menstrual changes.

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.

Proper storage of chamomile:

Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light unless otherwise directed on the package label. Do not store in the bathroom. Most herbal products are not in childproof containers. Keep chamomile out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about chamomile, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Chamomile 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 is a summary only. It does not contain all information about chamomile. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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.

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