Evening primrose oil


Generic Name: evening primrose oil
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Evening primrose oil is used for:

Supplementing certain essential fatty acids in the diet.

Evening primrose oil is a dietary supplement. It is unknown exactly how evening primrose oil works.

Do NOT use evening primrose oil if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in evening primrose oil

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

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Before using evening primrose oil:

Some medical conditions may interact with evening primrose oil. 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with evening primrose oil. However, no specific interactions with evening primrose oil are known at this time.

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

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

  • Take evening primrose oil with food.
  • Evening primrose oil may be swallowed or mixed with milk or other liquid before swallowing.
  • Evening primrose oil should have a slightly nutty smell and taste. Do not take this product if it has a bad smell or bitter taste.
  • If you miss taking a dose of evening primrose oil for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommends 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 evening primrose oil.

Important safety information:

  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking evening primrose oil, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using evening primrose oil during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using evening primrose oil, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of evening primrose oil:

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:

Headache; indigestion; nausea; soft stools.

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 mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

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 loose stools; stomach pain.

Proper storage of evening primrose oil:

Store evening primrose oil at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light in a cool, dry place. Do not store in the bathroom. Most herbal products are not in childproof containers. Keep evening primrose oil out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about evening primrose oil, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Evening primrose oil 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 evening primrose oil 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 evening primrose oil. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to evening primrose oil. 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 evening primrose oil.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
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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