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Nettle

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

Nettle is used for:

Hay fever symptoms, including sneezing and itching; urinary tract infections; kidney stones; and to increase urination. It also claims use as a remedy for premenstrual bloating and excessive menstrual bleeding. Nettle use is claimed to help relieve the early symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). It may also have other uses. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.

Nettle is an herbal product. It works by reducing inflammation.

Do NOT use nettle if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in nettle
  • you are pregnant
  • you have a history of retaining fluid (eg, swelling of arms or legs), or heart or kidney conditions

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

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Before using nettle:

Some medical conditions may interact with nettle. 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
  • if you have blood pressure problems or diabetes

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with nettle.

  • Diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because actions and side effects may be increased by nettle

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

Use nettle 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 nettle 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 nettle.

Important safety information:

  • Drink plenty of fluids if you are taking nettle as a diuretic.
  • 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.
  • Check with your doctor before you begin taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter.
  • Diabetes patients - Nettle 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 nettle:

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:

Burning and stinging if applied to skin; decrease in amount of urine; diarrhea; menstrual problems; upset stomach.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; 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.

Proper storage of nettle:

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 nettle out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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