arnica (arnica montana, Arnicare, Arniflora)

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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:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/14/2015

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