Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale, Blowball, Lion's Teeth) (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Taraxacum officinale is commonly used to increase urine production, joint pain, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and upset stomach. Taraxacum officinale is also used to treat viral infections, cancer, and to improve skin tone.

DOSING: There is no established dosing. Follow the manufacturers recommendation for each product.

Safe and effective use of Taraxacum officinale supplement is not established for individuals under the age of 18.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Taraxacum officinale should be used with caution with quinolone antibiotics like ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), and moxifloxacin (Avelox) because it may reduce the absorption of these antibiotics and may decrease their effectiveness. Check with your doctor before using this herbal product.

Taraxacum officinale may reduce the breakdown of some drugs by the liver, increasing blood levels of these drugs. Some examples include propranolol (Inderal), amitriptyline (Elavil), haloperidol (Haldol), and ondansetron (Zofran).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2014

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