Health Guide


What is it?

Tylophora is an herbal medicine used for asthma, high blood pressure, diarrhea (loose bowel movements), allergies, upset stomach, and inflammation (red, swollen joints).

Other names for Tylophora include: Indian ipecac, Tylophora indica, Tylophora asthmatica, and Tylophora vomitoria.

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


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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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

  • Medicine used for seizures or migraine headaches (examples: butalbital (Fiorinal(R), Fioricet(R)), phenobarbital
  • Morphine (Roxanol(R), MS Contin(R))


  • Before taking Tylophora, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

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.

  • Drowsiness (sleepiness) or giddiness (5)
  • Decreased taste, mouth pain, upset stomach, or throwing up (6)


1. Bone K: Clinical Applications of Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbs, Phytotherapy Press, Warwick, Queensland, Australia; 2000.

2. Shivpuri DN, Singhal SC & Parkash D: Treatment of asthma with an alcoholic extract of Tylophora indica: a cross-over, double-blind study. Ann Allergy 1972; 30(7):407-412.

3. Thiruvengadam KV, Haranath K, Sudarsan S et al: Tylophora indica in bronchial asthma (a controlled comparison with a standard anti-asthmatic drug). J Indian Med Assoc 1978; 71(7):172-176.

4. Gopalakrishnan C, Shankaranarayan D, Kameswaran L et al: Pharmacological investigations of tylophorine, the major alkaloid of Tylophora indica. Indian J Med Res 1979; 69:513-520.

5. Gupta S, George P, Gupta V et al: Tylophora indica in bronchial asthma-a double blind study. Indian J Med Res 1979; 69:981-989.

6. Shivpuri DN, Menon MP & Parkash D: Preliminary studies in Tylophora indica in the treatment of asthma and allergic rhinitis. J Assoc Physicians India 1968; 16(1):9-15.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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