Generic Name: jojoba topical (Ho ho ba TOP ih kcal)
Medically reviewed on August 3, 2018
What is jojoba topical?
Jojoba is a shrub, and jojoba wax and oil are produced from the seeds. It is also known as Buxus chinensis, Deernut, Goatnut, Huile de Jojoba, Jojoba Oil, Pignut, Simmondsia californica, Simmondsia chinensis, and other names.
Jojoba has been used in alternative medicine for Alzheimer's disease, acne, psoriasis, sunburn, chapped skin, hair loss and as mosquito repellant as well as other uses. However, its effectiveness for these uses is not proven with research.
It is not certain whether jojoba is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. Jojoba should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.
Jojoba is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
Jojoba may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
Before using jojoba, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use jojoba if you have certain medical conditions.
Jojoba is considered likely safe to use during pregnancy, as long as it is used on the skin only. Jojoba is considered likely unsafe to use during pregnancy if you take it by mouth. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant.
Jojoba is considered likely safe to use if you are nursing a baby, as long as it is used on the skin only.
How should I use jojoba topical?
When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.
If you choose to use jojoba, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with jojoba does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra jojoba to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222, if someone takes jojoba by mouth.
What should I avoid while using jojoba topical?
Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Jojoba is likely unsafe to be taken by mouth, as it contains a chemical that can cause serious side effects to your heart.
Jojoba topical side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although not all side effects are known, jojoba topical is thought to be likely safe for most people.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect jojoba topical?
Other drugs may interact with jojoba, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
- Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before using any herbal/health supplement. Whether you are treated by a medical doctor or a practitioner trained in the use of natural medicines/supplements, make sure all your healthcare providers know about all of your medical conditions and treatments.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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