The immune system. It has been used for decreasing the duration of respiratory infections, such as the common cold. It has also been used for wound healing, eczema, and psoriasis.
Echinacea is an herbal product. It is thought to work by stimulating the immune system to activate white blood cells, which fight disease.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Echinacea . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Echinacea . However, no specific interactions are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Echinacea may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Echinacea as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Echinacea .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Nausea; stomach discomfort.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty swallowing; hoarseness.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Echinacea :
Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light unless otherwise directed on the package label. Do not store in the bathroom. Most herbal products are not in childproof containers. Keep Echinacea out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Echinacea . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.