What is this medication?

BLACK COHOSH (blak  KOH hosh) or Cimicifuga racemosa is a dietary supplement. It is promoted to relieve symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes. The FDA has not approved this supplement for any medical use.

This supplement may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

How should I use this medication?

Take this herb by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package labeling, or talk to your health care professional. Do not use for longer than 6 months without the advice of a health care professional. Do not use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Talk to your obstetrician-gynecologist or certified nurse-midwife.

This herb is not for use in children under the age of 18 years.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medication?

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medication?

Since this herb is derived from a plant, allergic reactions are possible. Stop using this herb if you develop a rash. You may need to see your health care professional, or inform them that this occurred. Report any unusual side effects promptly.

If you are taking this herb for menstrual or menopausal symptoms, visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You should have a complete check-up every 6 months. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam while on this therapy. Follow the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop taking this herb at once and contact your doctor or health care professional.

Herbal or dietary supplements are not regulated like medicines. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medication?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees C). Throw away any unused herb after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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