GENERIC NAME: arnica montana
BRAND NAME: Arnicare, Arniflora
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Arnica montana is a homeopathic topical pain relief agent. Its mechanism of action is not well known. Arnica preparations have shown wound healing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and pain relieving properties. Arnica's actions may be due to two chemicals called helenalin and dihyrdohelenalin. These chemicals may modify the action of immune cells, kill bacteria, reduce the activity of chemicals and blood cells that cause inflammation, and kill cancer cells.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Arnica Montana is used for temporary pain relief, muscle aches, stiffness, bruising, and swelling.
SIDE EFFECTS: Arnica should not be applied to open wounds or mucous membranes. Arnica also may give mild odor when applied. Undiluted oral forms are considered unsafe and have been reported to cause the following side effects:
Pure arnica is considered an unsafe herb by the FDA.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Quick dissolving tablets; Ointment: 4%; Cream: 7%; Gel 7%, 8%
STORAGE: Store Arnica Montana at room temperature between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).
Topical Cream or Gel
- Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Apply a thin layer to affected area(s) as soon as possible after injury. Repeat 3 to 4 times a day or as needed. Avoid contact with eyes and open wounds.
- Children under 2 years of age: Consult a doctor.
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