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chamomile (cont.)

Who should not take chamomile ()?

Do not take chamomile without first talking to your doctor if you are taking warfarin (Coumadin) or another blood thinner. You may not be able to take chamomile, or you may require special monitoring during treatment if you are taking a blood thinner.

Talk to your doctor before taking chamomile if you have any other medical conditions, allergies (especially to ragweed, asters, chrysanthemums, celery, or other plants), or if you take other medicines or herbal/health supplements. Chamomile may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not take chamomile without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether chamomile will harm an unborn baby.

Do not take chamomile without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether chamomile will harm a nursing infant.

There is no information available regarding the use of chamomile by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take chamomile ()?

The use of chamomile 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.

If you choose to use chamomile, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Standardized extracts, tinctures, and solid formulations of herbal/health supplements may provide a more reliable dose of the product.

Chamomile is available in pill and liquid formulations. Other formulations may also be available.

Some forms of chamomile are intended for internal (oral) use while others are intended for external (topical) use.

Do not take more of this product than is directed.

Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, topical formulations, teas, tinctures, and others) of chamomile at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of chamomile.

Store chamomile as directed on the package. In general, chamomile should be protected from light and moisture. The Anthemis nobilis form of chamomile should be stored in a well-sealed glass or metal container.

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