Health Guide


What is it?

Buxus is an herbal medicine that has been used in AIDS (HIV) patients, especially those who are not having symptoms.

Other names for Buxus include: Boxwood.

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 any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Buxus you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Buxus. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.


  • Before taking Buxus, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Do not use Buxus except under the direct supervision of your health care provider (2)

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.

  • Mild diarrhea (loose stools) and stomach cramps have occurred with using Buxus (3)


1. Durant J, Chantre Ph, Gonzalez G et al: Efficacy and safety of Buxus sempervirens L. preparations (SPV30) in HIV-infected asymptomatic patients: a multicentre, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial. Phytomedicine 1998; 5(1):1-10.

2. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R et al: Buxus sempervirens. In: American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook: guidelines for the safe use and labeling for herbs in commerce. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1997.

3. Pharo A, Salvato P, Thompson C, et al: Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of SPV-30 (boxwood extract) in patients with HIV disease. Int Conf AIDS 1996; 11(1): 19.

Last Updated: 1/27/2017
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