Wallflower

What other names is Wallflower known by?

Beeflower, Cheiranthus cheiri, Erysimum, Erysimum cheiri, Gillyflower, Giroflée, Giroflée Jaune, Giroflée des Murailles, Giroflier, Handflower, Keiri, Ravenelle, Vélar, Violier Jaune, Wallstock-Gillofer.

What is Wallflower?

Wallflower is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Despite safety concerns, people use wallflower for heart problems, constipation, liver disease, and gallbladder disease. Women also use it to start their periods.

Don't confuse wallflower (Erysimum cheiri) with Canadian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum), which is also called wallflower.

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of wallflower for these uses.

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How does Wallflower work?

Wallflower contains ingredients that might affect the heart.

Are there safety concerns?

Wallflower seems to be UNSAFE. It might cause side effects including heart problems.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to use wallflower if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It contains chemicals that might affect the heart. It's best to avoid use.

Heart conditions: Wallflower may cause irregular heartbeat and other heart problems. Don't use it if you have a heart condition.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Calcium supplements
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Wallflower can stimulate the heartbeat. Calcium might also affect the heart. Taking wallflower along with calcium might cause the heart to be too stimulated. Do not take wallflower along with calcium supplements.



Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Digoxin (Lanoxin) helps the heart beat more strongly. Wallflower also seems to affect the heart. Taking wallflower along with digoxin can increase the effects of digoxin and increase the risk of side effects. Do not take wallflower if you are taking digoxin (Lanoxin) without talking to your healthcare professional.



Medications for inflammation (Corticosteroids)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Wallflower might affect the heart. Some medications for inflammation can decrease potassium in the body. Low potassium levels can also affect the heart and increase the risk of side effects from wallflower.

Some medications for inflammation include dexamethasone (Decadron), hydrocortisone (Cortef), methylprednisolone (Medrol), prednisone (Deltasone), and others.



Quinidine
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Wallflower can affect the heart. Quinidine can also affect the heart. Taking quinidine along with wallflower might cause serious heart problems.



Quinine
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Wallflower can affect the heart. Quinine can also affect the heart. Taking quinine along with wallflower might cause serious heart problems.



Stimulant laxatives
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Wallflower can affect the heart. The heart uses potassium. Laxatives called stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the chance of side effects from wallflower.

Some stimulant laxatives include bisacodyl (Correctol, Dulcolax), cascara, castor oil (Purge), senna (Senokot), and others.



Water pills (Diuretic drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Wallflower might affect the heart. "Water pills" can decrease potassium in the body. Low potassium levels can also affect the heart and increase the risk of side effects from wallflower.

Some "water pills" that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Microzide), and others.

Dosing considerations for Wallflower.

The appropriate dose of wallflower depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for wallflower. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011