Generic Name: licorice (Not applicable.)
Brand Name: Generics only. No brands available.
Licorice is used for:
Gastric and duodenal ulcers, bronchitis, coughs, arthritis, and hepatitis. It may have other uses as well. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.
Licorice is an herbal product. It is thought to work by reducing inflammation and healing the digestive tract.
Do NOT use licorice if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in licorice
- you are taking prednisolone, diuretics, medicine for high blood pressure, or digoxin
- if you have heart problems, severe kidney disease, low blood potassium, increased muscle tone or a spastic muscle condition, or glaucoma
- you are pregnant
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using licorice:
Some medical conditions may interact with licorice. 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 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 diabetes, kidney or liver problems, or high blood pressure
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with licorice. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Loop diuretics (eg, furosemide) because side effects such as very low blood potassium may be increased by this product
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if licorice 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 licorice:
Use licorice 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 licorice 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 licorice.
Important safety information:
- Do not exceed the recommended dose or take this product for longer than 6 weeks without checking with your doctor.
- 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.
- Diabetes patients - This product may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use this product if you are pregnant. Do not breast-feed while using this product.
Possible side effects of licorice:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. 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); confusion; depression; flushing; headache; irregular heartbeat; lack of concern; loss of appetite; muscle weakness or paralysis; swelling of the ankles, feet, or hands; nausea; vomiting.
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 paralysis; severe drowsiness.Proper storage of licorice:
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 licorice out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about licorice, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Licorice 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 licorice. 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.
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.