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Horse chestnut seed oral
HORSE CHESTNUT (Aesculus hippocastanum) - 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.

HORSE CHESTNUT (Aesculus hippocastanum) - ORAL

Uses

Horse chestnut has been used for swelling and pain due to varicose veins and chronic circulation problems. It has also been used for reducing the swelling of hemorrhoids or veins (phlebitis). 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, generally once or twice daily, or as directed. Check product labeling carefully for directions. Horse chestnut seed extract is different than whole horse chestnut seeds. Do not use whole horse chestnut seeds because they are toxic. If your condition persists or worsens or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

Side Effects

Stomach irritation, nausea, vomiting and dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly. This product may produce a harmless, red discoloration of urine. Unlikely but report promptly: yellowing of eyes or skin, dark urine, fatigue, fever, unusually fast heartbeat. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this product, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice any effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor before using this product: kidney or liver conditions, bleeding disorders. Limit alcohol intake, as it may aggravate certain side effects of this drug. Caution is advised when performing tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving). 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. This product should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription medications you use, especially of: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin, heparins), antiplatelet drugs (e.g., clopidrogel, ticlodipine, dipyridamole, aspirin/NSAIDS such as ibuprofen). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

It is important to have liver function tests performed regularly while taking this herbal product.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

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