licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra, Alcacuz, Sweet Root, Gan Zao, and many others)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

What is licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Licorice is a plant used for flavoring food, beverages, and tobacco. The root issued as a natural, herbal supplement for medicinal purposes. Chemicals in licorice may reduce inflammation, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the body's ability to heal ulcers. Check with your health care professional before using herbs or herbal supplements.

What brand names are available for licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)-oral?

Glycyrrhiza glabra, Alcacuz, Sweet Root, Gan Zao, and many others

Is licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)-oral?

No

What are the side effects of licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)-oral?

Side effects of licorice are tiredness, increased blood pressure, low blood potassium levels, irregular menstrual cycle, headache, decreased libido, increased blood pressure, and increased fluids in the body.

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