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Safflower

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 14, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Carthamus tinctorius
  • Alazor
  • American Saffron
  • Bastard Saffron
  • Dyer's Saffron
  • Fake Saffron
  • False Saffron
  • Gami-Honghwain
  • Hing Hua
  • Hong Hua
  • Safflower Nut Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Zaffer
  • Zafran

What is this product used for?

Safflower is used by some people as a laxative or to help with itching. Others use it to help lower cholesterol levels. Some people believe it may help with diabetes.

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.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Safflower oil is generally considered safe when used in cooking. Other uses or high doses of safflower should be avoided in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

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

  • 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 to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, or enoxaparin (Lovenox).

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase (Activase), reteplase (Retevase), 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 (Advil), or naproxen (Naprosyn).

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

    • Bleeding problems

    • Stomach ulcers

    • Diabetes

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

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 anger, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Bruising or bleeding that is not normal

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

Last Reviewed Date

2017-02-24

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