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Generic Name: lavender (Pronunciation: LAH ven der)

What is lavender ()?

The use of lavender 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.

Lavender is also known as Lavandula angustifolia, aspic, lavandin, spike lavender, and true lavender.

Lavender has been used for many purposes including loss of appetite, nervousness, insomnia, acne, headaches, diabetes, rheumatic pain, nerve pain, and colds.

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

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

What are the possible side effects of lavender ()?

Although rare, allergic reactions to lavender may occur. Stop taking lavender 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 lavender ()?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. At higher doses, lavender may cause drowsiness. If you experience drowsiness, avoid these activities.

Avoid alcohol while taking lavender. Alcohol may increase drowsiness caused by lavender.

At higher doses, lavender may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Do not take lavender with other medications that may also cause drowsiness.

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



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

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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