Grape seed

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

Grape seed is used for:

Protecting against cancer and aging, improving circulation and wound healing, and reducing inflammation and collagen breakdown. It is also used for diabetes and retinopathy. Grape seed is promoted for use in atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease, claiming to improve pain relief, limb heaviness, and swelling in circulatory conditions, and to reduce heart attack and stroke. It may have other uses as well. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.

Grape seed is an herbal product. It works by increasing antioxidant activity in the body.

Do NOT use grape seed if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in grape seed, including grape seed

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

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Before using grape seed:

Some medical conditions may interact with grape seed. 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 grape seed. However, no specific interactions are known at this time.

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

Use grape seed 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 grape seed 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 grape seed.

Important safety information:

  • If you have a circulation problem and your symptoms become worse, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • 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 if you are pregnant. Do not breast-feed while taking this product.

Possible side effects of grape seed:

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 grape seed. 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); changes in color, sensation, or temperature of a leg or arm.

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 grape seed:

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 grape seed out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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