- What other names is Guaiac Wood known by?
- What is Guaiac Wood?
- How does Guaiac Wood work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Guaiac Wood.
People take guaiac wood for muscle and joint pain (rheumatism), breathing problems, skin disorders, and syphilis. It is also used for preventing gout.
Guaiac wood is used in mouthwashes to kill bacteria.
In the laboratory, guaiac resin is used in tests for finding hidden blood in urine and stool.
As a flavoring agent, guaiac wood is used in foods and in edible oils and fats.
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diarrhea and stomach and intestinal problems. Guaiac wood and guaiac resin can also cause skin rashes.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of guaiac wood and guaiac resin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Swelling (inflammation): Don't use guaiac wood or guaiac resin if you have any condition that involves swelling.
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Guaiac wood and resin might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking guaiac wood and resin might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011