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Arnica

GENERIC NAME: ARNICA (Arnica montana) - TOPICAL


USES: Arnica flowers have been used for reducing the swelling and pain of bruises, sprains, muscle/joint problems, and insect bites. It has also been used as a mouthwash for swollen gums and mouth ulcers. Some herbal/diet supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details about the brand you use. The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

HOW TO USE: Apply this product to the affected area of skin as directed. Do not apply to scraped skin or open wounds. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. If this product is being used as a mouthwash, follow all directions carefully. Do not swallow this product. This herbal product should not be used for long periods of time. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

SIDE EFFECTS: Skin redness or irritation may occur. Irritation inside the mouth may occur when arnica is used as a mouthwash. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using arnica, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to plants in the Asteraceae/daisy family such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies; or if you have any other allergies. Arnica is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this product. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of possible risk to the nursing infant, breast-feeding while using this product is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: If you are using this medication under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first. Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription medications you may use, especially of: other skin medications, aspirin, "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin, heparins including dalteparin, enoxaparin), antiplatelet drugs (e.g., clopidogrel, ticlopidine).If your doctor has prescribed low doses of aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue to take the aspirin. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Check all prescription and non-prescription medicine labels carefully since many medications contain pain relievers/fever reducers (such as aspirin). Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

OVERDOSE: This medication may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control centre or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control centre. Symptoms after swallowing may include: irritation inside the mouth, drowsiness, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath.

NOTES: Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Refer to storage information printed on the package. If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

 

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