Health Guide


What is it?

Dandelion is an herbal medicine used for liver and gall bladder problems, increase appetite, and to help decrease water retention (a diuretic).

Other names for Dandelion include: Taraxacum officinale.

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 stomach or gall bladder problems
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Dandelion you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Dandelion. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Dandelion without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

  • Certain medicines used to treat infection (ciprofloxacin (Cipro(R)), gatafloxacin (Tequin(R)), levofloxacin (Levaquin(R)), norfloxacin (Noroxin(R)), ofloxacin (Floxin(R)), sparfloxacin (Zagam(R)), trovafloxacin (Trovan(R)))
  • Potassium supplements (examples: Slo-K(R), K-Dur(R), Polycitra-K(R), Klor-Con(R)))
  • Blood thinning medicine (examples: warfarin (Coumadin(R)), clopidogrel (Plavix(R)), aspirin, enoxaparin (Lovenox(R)), dalteparin (Fragmin(R)))


  • Before taking Dandelion, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Do not use Dandelion if you have gall bladder problems (or stones)
  • Do not use if you have stomach problems or irritable bowel

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.

  • Skin rash in sensitive people
  • Stomach problems


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Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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