Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)

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What is wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Artemisia absinthium is shrubby plant; the flowers and leaves are used for medicine and flavoring for alcoholic drinks. Artemisia absinthium oil contains thujones which can stimulate the nervous system. Artemisia absinthium is promoted for treating digestive problems and worm infections. Individuals should consult their doctor before taking Artemisia absinthium compounds.

What brand names are available for wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral?

Wormwood

Is wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral?

No

What are the side effects of wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral?

Side effects of Artemisia absinthium are nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, seizures, kidney failure, insomnia, hallucinations, and tremors.

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What is the dosage for wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral?

Dosing of Artemisia absinthium is not established; however, oral consumption should be in appropriate amount to avoid harmful adverse effects.

Which drugs or supplements interact with wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral?

Artemisia absinthium should be used with caution with individuals suffering from seizures or taking seizure medications like phenobarbital, valproic acid (Depakene), primidone (Mysoline), gabapentin (Neurontin), carbamazepine (Tegretol), and phenytoin (Dilantin). Artemisia absinthium can cause seizures and lower the effectiveness of seizure medications.

Is wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies done on Artemisia absinthium to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

It is not known whether Artemisia absinthium enters breast milk. It is best to avoid it in nursing mothers.

What else should I know about wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral?

What preparations of wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral are available?

Artemisia absinthium is available in liquid extract, oil, and powder forms. Artemisia absinthium is also available in certain alcoholic beverages. Concentration of Artemisia absinthium may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

How should I keep wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)-oral stored?

Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Artemisia absinthium, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.

REFERENCE: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Wormwood.

Summary

Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood) is an herb used for flavoring alcohol drinks and for medicine. Artemisia absinthium purport also to treat loss of appetite, indigestion, fever, liver disease, improve sexual desire, and to use topically for wounds and insect bites. Side effects, drug interactions, storage, dosing, and pregnancy safety should be reviewed and consult your doctor prior to taking this supplement.

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Reviewed on 7/24/2014
References
REFERENCE: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Wormwood.

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