- What other names is Autumn Crocus known by?
- What is Autumn Crocus?
- How does Autumn Crocus work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Autumn Crocus.
Despite serious safety concerns, autumn crocus is used for arthritis, gout, and an inherited disease called familial Mediterranean fever.
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vomiting, diarrhea, liver and kidney problems, blood disorders, nerve problems, shock, organ failure, and death. There have been reports of poisoning when autumn crocus bulbs were mistaken for onions and eaten.
If you have gout or familial Mediterranean fever, it is much safer to use colchicine prescribed by your healthcare provider. Prescription colchicine contains a set amount of medicine. The amount of colchicine in autumn crocus can vary from plant to plant.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE for anyone to use autumn crocus, but pregnant women have extra reasons to avoid use. Autumn crocus might cause birth defects.
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Autumn crocus contains colchicine. Taking autumn crocus along with colchicine might increase the effects and side effects of colchicine.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011