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Generic Name: chaparral (Pronunciation: SHAH peh rel)

What is chaparral ()?

The use of chaparral 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.

Chaparral is also known as Larrea tridentata, Larrea divaricata, creosote bush, greasewood, and hediondilla.

Chaparral has been used for rheumatism, arthritis, stomach pain, cancer, and the common cold.

Since the efficacy of chaparral has not been proven and its use has been associated with serious liver damage, ingestion of chaparral is generally not recommended.

Chaparral has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of chaparral 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.

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

What are the possible side effects of chaparral ()?

Although rare, allergic reactions to chaparral may occur. Stop taking chaparral 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.

Chaparral has been associated with cases of severe liver damage. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, unusual fatigue, loss of appetite, yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, or clay colored stools. These symptoms may be early signs of liver damage.

Skin rash has been reported after coming in contact with the chaparral plant. Contact your doctor or health care provider if you develop a rash or other skin irritation with the use of chaparral.

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 chaparral ()?

Since the efficacy of chaparral has not been proven and its use has been associated with serious liver damage, ingestion of chaparral is generally not recommended.

Chaparral has been associated with cases of severe liver damage. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, unusual fatigue, loss of appetite, yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, or clay colored stools. These symptoms may be early signs of liver damage.

Chaparral has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of chaparral 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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