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chamomile

Pronunciation: KAH moe meal

What is the most important information I should know about chamomile?

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Do not take chamomile without first talking to your doctor if you are taking warfarin (Coumadin) or another blood thinner. You may not be able to take chamomile, or you may require special monitoring during treatment if you are taking a blood thinner.

Talk to your doctor before taking or using chamomile if you have any other medical conditions, allergies (especially to ragweed, asters, chrysanthemums, celery, or other plants), or if you take other medicines. Chamomile may not be recommended in some situations.

Chamomile has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of chamomile may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

What is chamomile?

The use of chamomile in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Two plants each provide the product known as chamomile. Matricaria chamomilla is also known as German chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, pin heads, chamomilla, wild chamomile, sweet false chamomile, and genuine chamomile. Anthemis nobilis is also known as English or Roman chamomile, ground apple, whig plant, and common chamomile.

Chamomile has been used orally to reduce flatulence and/or diarrhea due to a nervous stomach, to reduce stomach upset, to treat travel sickness, to produce mild sedation, to reduce restlessness and irritability, to treat the common cold, to treat fevers, to reduce cough, for liver and gallbladder complaints, and to increase appetite. Chamomile has also been used topically to reduce inflammation of the skin, mouth, and throat; to reduce nasal inflammation and discharge; and to treat wounds and burns.

Chamomile has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of chamomile may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Chamomile may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

Who should not take chamomile?

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Do not take chamomile without first talking to your doctor if you are taking warfarin (Coumadin) or another blood thinner. You may not be able to take chamomile, or you may require special monitoring during treatment if you are taking a blood thinner.

Talk to your doctor before taking chamomile if you have any other medical conditions, allergies (especially to ragweed, asters, chrysanthemums, celery, or other plants), or if you take other medicines or herbal/health supplements. Chamomile may not be recommended in some situations.

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Do not take chamomile without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether chamomile will harm an unborn baby.

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Do not take chamomile without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether chamomile will harm a nursing infant.

There is no information available regarding the use of chamomile by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take chamomile?

The use of chamomile in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

If you choose to use chamomile, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Standardized extracts, tinctures, and solid formulations of herbal/health supplements may provide a more reliable dose of the product.

Chamomile is available in pill and liquid formulations. Other formulations may also be available.

Some forms of chamomile are intended for internal (oral) use while others are intended for external (topical) use.

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Do not take more of this product than is directed.

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Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, topical formulations, teas, tinctures, and others) of chamomile at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of chamomile.

Store chamomile as directed on the package. In general, chamomile should be protected from light and moisture. The Anthemis nobilis form of chamomile should be stored in a well-sealed glass or metal container.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra chamomile to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking chamomile?

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What are the possible side effects of chamomile?

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Although uncommon, serious side effects have been reported with the use of chamomile. Stop taking chamomile and seek emergency medical attention or notify your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
  • vomiting.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect chamomile?

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Do not take chamomile without first talking to your doctor if you are taking

  • warfarin (Coumadin),
  • ardeparin (Normiflo),
  • dalteparin (Fragmin),
  • danaparoid (Orgaran),
  • enoxaparin (Lovenox),
  • heparin, or
  • another blood thinner.

You may not be able to take chamomile, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicine listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with chamomile. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or other herbal/health supplements.

Where can I get more information?

Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before using any herbal/health supplement. Whether you are treated by a medical doctor or a practitioner trained in the use of natural medicines/supplements, make sure all your healthcare providers know about all of your medical conditions and treatments.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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