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Angelica

What is it?

Angelica is an herbal medicine that has not been studied in humans. It is possible that Angelica may be useful to treat an infection and belly cramps.

Other names for Angelica include: Angelique, Root of the Holy Ghost, Wild angelica, and Wild licorice.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Angelica you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Angelica. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take Angelica without talking to your doctor if you are taking:

  • Blood thinning medicine (examples: warfarin (Coumadin(R)), enoxaparin (Lovenox(R)), dalteparin (Fragmin(R)))

Warnings:

  • Do not take Angelica if you are pregnant.
  • Before taking Angelica, tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
  • Do not stay in the sun for a long time if you are taking Angelica.

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • You may have allergic skin changes if you have been in the sun and your skin has touched Angelica or Angelica root oil.

References:

1. Newall CA, Anderson LA & Phillipson JD: Herbal Medicines: a guide for health care professionals. The Pharmaceutical Press, London, England; 1996.

2. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R et al: American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1997.

3. Heck AM, DeWitt BA, Lukes AL: Potential interactions between alternative therapies and warfarin. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2000; 57(13):1221-1227.


Last Updated: 1/27/2017
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