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GOLDENSEAL (Hydrastis canadensis) - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

GOLDENSEAL (Hydrastis canadensis) - ORAL


Goldenseal has been used for infections in the mouth, lungs, intestines (e.g., traveler's diarrhea) and urinary system. It has also been used for swelling (inflammation), indigestion, cold and flu symptoms, menstrual disorders, gallbladder inflammation and liver disease (cirrhosis). Some herbal/diet supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use. The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

How To Use

Take this product by mouth as directed. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

Side Effects

Very unlikely but report to your doctor promptly: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence or liver disease. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product. Goldenseal is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this product. It is unknown if goldenseal passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, nervousness, depression, muscle spasms, seizures, and breathing problems.


Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.


Refer to storage information printed on the package. If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist.