evening primrose oil (cont.)

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DOSING (dosing recommmendations may vary with supplier):

Breast pain: Take 3 to 4 g by mouth once daily.

Eczema: Take 4 to 6 g by mouth once daily.

Premenstrual syndrome: Take 2 to 4 g by mouth once daily.

Rheumatoid arthritis: Take 540 mg to 2.8 g by mouth daily.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Oenothera should be used with caution with medications that increase bruising and bleeding risks. Medications like aspirin, celecoxib (Celebrex), ibuprofen (Motrin), diclofenac (Voltaren), meloxicam (Mobic), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), warfarin (Coumadin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), and clopidogrel (Plavix) should be used with caution with Oenothera.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of Oenothera use by pregnant women to determine its safety during pregnancy. It should be avoided by pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether Oenothera enters breast milk.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of Oenothera are headache, indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea. It may increase risk of bruising, bleeding, and may cause seizures.

REFERENCE: Oenothera – Medscape

Evening Primrose Oil. Medline Plus

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/9/2014

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