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Bilberry

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 15, 2022.

What are other common names?

  • Fructus myrtilli
  • Vaccinium myrtillus
  • Airelle
  • Bilberries
  • Bilberry
  • Bilberry Fruit
  • Bilberry Leaf
  • Black Whortles
  • Bleaberry
  • Bog Bilberry
  • Brimbelle
  • Burren Myrtle
  • Burrenmyrtle
  • Dwarf Bilberry
  • Dyeberry
  • European Blueberry
  • Heidelbeere
  • Huckleberry
  • Hurtleberry
  • Mauret
  • Myrtille
  • Swedish Bilberry
  • Trackleberry
  • Whortleberry
  • Wineberry

What is this product used for?

Bilberry may help with tired or dry eyes caused by using video monitors. It may also help to protect cells from damage.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this natural product.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take it if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin, heparin, or enoxaparin.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase, reteplase, or streptokinase.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

  • If you have blood sugar problems, keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Diabetes

    • Bleeding problems

What should I watch for?

  • Stomach pain or cramps

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Hard or loose stools

  • Bruising or bleeding that is not normal

  • Changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/bilberry

Last Reviewed Date

2021-03-26

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