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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 9, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Leontodon taraxacum
  • Taraxacum dens-leonis
  • Taraxacum officinale
  • Taraxacum platycarpum
  • Taraxacum vulgares
  • Blowball
  • Cankerwort
  • Cochet
  • Common Dandelion
  • Dandelion Extract
  • Dandelions
  • Endive Sauvage
  • Lion's Teeth
  • Lion's Tooth
  • Pissenlit
  • Priest's Crown
  • Pu Gong Ying
  • Puffball
  • Swine Snout
  • Taraxacum
  • Wild Endive

What is this product used for?

Dandelion is a green leafy plant that can be eaten. It provides many nutrients and some people use it as medicine. Science does not support the use of this product for any health problem.

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 other drugs or natural products.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to pollens or plants like ragweed, daisy, aster, marigolds, or chrysanthemums.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs called “water pills.” These drugs can decrease the potassium in your blood. These are drugs like furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide, HydroDiuril), or chlorothiazide (Diuril).

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

    • Asthma

    • Blood pressure problems

    • Kidney stones

    • Liver problems like a biliary obstruction or gallstones

    • Diabetes

    • Problems with potassium levels

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar, especially if you have blood sugar problems.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Rash

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; 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.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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Consumer information use

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