GENERIC NAME: BEARBERRY (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) - ORAL
USES: Bearberry leaf has been used for bladder infections (urinary tract infection). Some herbal/diet supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular 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. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Do not use this product longer than one week. Long-term use of this product may cause serious side effects (e.g., liver damage). Consult your doctor or pharmacist. If you think you may have a bladder infection (symptoms include pain during urination, frequency or urgency to urinate), consult your doctor promptly. Prescription medication (e.g., antibiotics) may be necessary to treat your condition. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea or stomach upset may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these very unlikely but serious side effects: yellowing eyes or skin, weakness, stomach pain, dark urine. 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: kidney or liver problems. Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence or liver disease. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product. Bearberry should not be used in children. Consult your doctor or pharmacist. Bearberry is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this product. 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. Do not drink cranberry juice while taking this product for bladder infections. Cranberry juice may interfere with the effectiveness of this product. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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: If you have reoccurring bladder infections, consult your doctor or pharmacist about ways to avoid infection. Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.
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.
Related Disease Conditions
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra. E. coli, a type of bacteria that lives in the bowel and near the anus, causes most UTIs. UTI symptoms include pain, abdominal pain, mild fever, urinary urgency, and frequency. Treatment involves a course of antibiotics.
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