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Generic Name: borage (Not applicable.)
Brand Name: Generics only. No brands available.
Borage is used for:
Treating joint pain and inflammation of arthritis and skin inflammation conditions (atopic dermatitis). It has also been used for symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It may also have other uses. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.
Borage is an herbal product. It works by reducing inflammation in the body.
Do NOT use borage if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in borage
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using borage:
Some medical conditions may interact with borage. 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
- if you have schizophrenia or liver problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with borage. 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 borage 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 borage:
Use borage 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.
- Borage oil should not be used for a long period of time unless directed by your doctor.
- If you miss taking a dose of borage 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 borage.
Important safety information:
- Have your liver function tested regularly while you are taking borage oil.
- 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: Use of borage is not recommended if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor before using this product. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using borage oil, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of borage:
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 borage. 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.Proper storage of borage:
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 borage out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about borage, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Borage 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 borage 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 borage. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to borage. 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 borage.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.