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Generic Name: barberry (Pronunciation: BAR beh ree)

What is barberry ()?

The use of barberry in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Barberry is also known as Berberis vulgaris, berberry, pipperridge, jaundice berry, sow berry, mountain grape, Oregon grape, trailing mahonia, berberis, woodsour, and sour-spine.

Barberry has a long history of use for many conditions. Most commonly, barberry is known for its use in diarrheal conditions; other gastrointestinal complaints including constipation, lack of appetite, heartburn, and stomach cramps; coughs; infections; fevers, and in antioxidant supplement products.

Barberry has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of barberry may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Barberry may also have uses other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of barberry ()?

Although rare, allergic reactions to barberry may occur. Stop taking barberry and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about barberry ()?

Barberry has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of barberry may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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