evening primrose oil

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GENERIC NAME: Oenothera

BRAND NAME: Evening primrose oil, Fever plant, Sun drops

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Oenothera (Evening Primrose) is a natural herbal supplement derived from the seed of the evening primrose plant (there are about 145 different species in the genus Oenothera). Oenothera plants contain fatty acids that are metabolized to prostaglandins which have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Oenothera is available in capsules, softgels, and liquid extract forms. Concentration of Oenothera may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

STORAGE: Because multiple manufacturers make different forms of Oenothera, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Oenothera is used for breast pain, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, eczema, psoriasis, acne, high cholesterol, leg pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and fatigue.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/9/2014



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