Health Guide


What is it?

Coltsfoot is an herbal medicine used for asthma, bronchitis (lung infection), sore throat, and cough.

Other names for Coltsfoot include: Tussilago farfara, Bull's Foot, Coughwort, Ass's Foot, and Horsehoof.

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 allergic to Coltsfoot or other members of the compositae family (examples: Chamomile, Ragweed)
  • 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 Coltsfoot you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Coltsfoot. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Coltsfoot, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Large doses may cause problems with high blood pressure medicine or heart medicine (2)
  • Do not use over a long period of time (more than 6 weeks/year) or too often (1, 4)
  • Do not give Coltsfoot to children under 6 years of age (6)

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.

  • Stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting (5)
  • Fever (5)
  • Increased blood pressure (5)


1. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A et al (eds): The Complete German Commission E Monographs; Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council, Austin, TX; 1998.

2. Newall CA, Anderson LA & Phillipson JD: Herbal Medicines, A Guide For Health-Care Professionals. Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Great Britain; 1996.

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

4. Farnsworth NR: Potential value of plants as sources of new antifertility agents I. J Pharm Sci 1975; 64:535-598.

5. Fetrow CW & Avila JR (eds): Professional's Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Springhouse Corporation, Springhouse, PA; 1999.

6. Chevallier A: The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. DK Publishing Co, New York, NY; 1996.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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