tragacanth (Astragalus gummifer)-oral (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, stomach upset, bloating, gas or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects: severe stomach pain, failure to have a bowel movement, trouble swallowing. Allergic reactions to this product are unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if they occur. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor before using this product: any allergies, stomach or bowel problems (e.g., ileus), blood in the stool, trouble swallowing, persistent stomach pain or bloating, persistent nausea or vomiting. Tragacanth should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this product is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, including: other laxatives (such as milk of magnesia or senna).

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.

NOTES: Changing your diet (e.g., increasing fiber intake), drinking more fluids and performing regular exercise may help prevent constipation. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Refer to storage information printed on the package. If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist.

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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