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Generic Name: dandelion (Pronunciation: DAN dee lie on)

What is dandelion ()?

The use of dandelion 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.

Dandelion is also known as Taraxacum officinale, lion's tooth, blowball, cankerwort, priest's crown, swine snout, and wild endive.

Dandelion has been used for its nutritional value as well as for water retention, regulation of blood glucose, upset stomach, urinary tract infections, kidney and bladder stones, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite.

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

Dandelion may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

What are the possible side effects of dandelion ()?

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

Other less serious side effects have also been reported with the use of dandelion. Talk to your doctor or health care provider if you experience

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 dandelion ()?

Do not take dandelion without first talking to your doctor if you

  • have gallbladder problems,
  • have diabetes or if you take medicine to control blood sugar levels,
  • take a diuretic (water pill), or
  • take an anticoagulant (blood thinner) such as warfarin (Coumadin).

You may not be able to take dandelion, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

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