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.

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Licorice should be used with caution with blood pressure medications because large amounts of licorice can increase blood pressure and decrease the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.

PREGNANCY: Licorice is not safe for pregnant women because it may cause miscarriage or early delivery; therefore, licorice should not be used in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether licorice enters breast milk or safe for the newborn; however, it is best to avoid using licorice in mothers who are nursing.

SIDE EFFECTS: 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.

REFERENCES:

MedlinePlus. Licorice.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Licorice Root.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/15/2014

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