- What other names is Male Fern known by?
- What is Male Fern?
- How does Male Fern work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Male Fern.
Male fern is used to treat nosebleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding, wounds, and tumors. It is also used to expel worms, typically tapeworms, from the intestines.
Some veterinarians use male fern to treat worms in animals.
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Side effects caused by taking male fern can be serious and include breathing difficulty, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, headaches, tremors, convulsions, heart and lung failure, eye disorders, muscular weakness, coma, temporary or permanent blindness, and death.
Treatment of overdose consists of giving salt water followed by other special fluids. It is important to avoid fats and oils because they increase the amount of male fern that is absorbed by the body. If seizures occur, benzodiazepines may be used, and a breathing machine may be necessary.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Male fern shouldn't be used by anyone. Some people may be at even higher risk of side effects.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Male fern is UNSAFE for anyone to take as medicine. If you take it while pregnant or breast-feeding, you will endanger yourself as well as your baby.
Stomach and intestinal conditions: Stomach and intestinal conditions that increase digestion time might increase the amount of male fern that is absorbed in the intestine. This bigger dose of male fern could lead to more serious side effects.
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