Sambucol Side Effects
Generic name: elderberry
Note: This document contains side effect information about elderberry. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Sambucol.
Applies to elderberry: oral liquid
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.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although not all side effects are known, elderberry (the active ingredient contained in Sambucol) is thought to be possibly safe when taken as directed for a short period of time.
Elderberry is possibly unsafe when uncooked leaves, stems, or fruit are consumed. The elderberry plant contains a chemical that produces cyanide in the leaves or other plant parts and in the unripe green fruit. This can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, or more serious side effects if consumed in large quantities.
Stop using elderberry and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe or ongoing vomiting or diarrhea;
severe weakness, dizziness, or confusion.
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.
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.