- What other names is Tragacanth known by?
- What is Tragacanth?
- How does Tragacanth work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Tragacanth.
Tragacanth is used both for diarrhea and constipation.
It is also an ingredient in toothpastes, hand lotions, denture adhesives, and vaginal creams and jellies.
In foods, tragacanth is important for stabilizing and thickening ingredients in salad dressings, foods, and beverages.
In pharmaceutical products, tragacanth is used as a binding agent.
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Tragacanth also seems to be safe when applied to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of tragacanth during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Quillaia allergy: Tragacanth can cause breathing problems in people who are sensitive to quillaia bark.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Tragacanth is a thick gel. Tragacanth can stick to medications in the stomach and intestines. Taking tragacanth at the same time as medications that you take by mouth can decrease how much medication your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction, take tragacanth at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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