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Echinacea Side Effects

Not all side effects for echinacea may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

Applies to echinacea: oral tablet

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although not all side effects are known, echinacea is thought to be possibly safe when taken for a short period of time.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;

  • fever, sore throat;

  • muscle or joint pain;

  • unusual or unpleasant taste in the mouth;

  • dry mouth, numb feeling in your tongue;

  • headache, dizziness, confusion; or

  • sleep problems (insomnia).

Echinacea applied to the skin in a topical form can cause an itchy or red skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

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