horse chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum) - oral

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GENERIC NAME: HORSE CHESTNUT (Aesculus hippocastanum) - ORAL

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USES: Horse chestnut has been used for swelling and pain due to varicose veins and poor circulation in the legs.Some herbal/dietary supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details about the brand you use.The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

HOW TO USE: Take this product by mouth as directed. Follow all directions on the product package. Check the label carefully to make sure you have the correct product. Horse chestnut seed extract is different than whole horse chestnut seeds. Do not take the raw seeds, bark, flowers, or leaves of horse chestnut by mouth because these products are poisonous. Use only standardized horse chestnut seed extract products that have had the toxin removed. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.This herbal product should only be used short-term. It should not be used for more than 3 months.If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

SIDE EFFECTS: Upset stomach, headache, and dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.This product may cause your urine to turn red. This is harmless.This product may cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you have diabetes. Symptoms of low blood sugar include chills, cold sweat, blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, shaking, fast heartbeat, weakness, headache, fainting, tingling hands/feet, or hunger. It is a good habit to carry glucose tablets or gel to treat low blood sugar. If you don't have these reliable forms of glucose, rapidly raise your blood sugar by eating a quick source of sugar such as table sugar, honey, or candy, or drink fruit juice or non-diet soda. Tell your doctor immediately about the reaction and the use of this product. To help prevent low blood sugar, eat meals on a regular schedule, and do not skip meals.Tell your doctor immediately if this rare but very serious side effect occurs: easy or unusual bleeding/bruising.A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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