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May I take a pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets an hour after I had taken Garlic Echinacea? I have some nausea.

May I take a pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets an hour after I had taken Garlic Echinacea? I have some nausea.

Stop self-treating!: Nausea may be GI-related (food poisoning, peptic disease, gastroparesis, due to biliary & pancreatic disease, gas/bloat syndrome, small bowel problems). Consider "central" causes: motion sickness, vertigo, migraine headache, brain problems (some very serious). Also, rule out infection (? urinary tract), medication side effects, pregnancy, & even reaction to stress. Find & treat the cause--see doc. ...Read more

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What is echinacea?

What is echinacea?

Echinacea: Echinacea is the name for a group of flowers in the daisy family. It's sold as an herbal supplement to prevent or cure illness - however, there is no conclusive evidence showing it to be any more potent than placebo. ...Read more

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Can you give a child under 5 years echinacea?

Can you give a child under 5 years echinacea?

Echinacea: Probably, but there is no published reputable dosage published for children that would meet fda standards. The nih published a controlled, double-blind study a few yrs ago (nejm) that showed that echinacea was no better than placebo for bolstering immune function or treating viral upper respiratory infections. That said, placebo is pretty good for most folks! ...Read more

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Can you tell me when should I stop taking echinacea?

Can you tell me when should I stop taking echinacea?

Echinacea: Based on the current literature, it appears that prophylactic echinacea does not have a significant impact on the frequency, severity, or duration of upper respiratory infection. The data regarding treatment of upper respiratory infection appear to support a modest positive effect. As such, it is reasonable to stop taking echinacea after cold symptoms abate. ...Read more

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How much time should my break from taking echinacea pills be?

How much time should my break from taking echinacea pills be?

Echinacea: Based on the current literature, it appears that prophylactic echinacea does not have a significant impact on the frequency, severity, or duration of upper respiratory infection. The data regarding treatment of upper respiratory infection appear to support a modest positive effect. Based on this, a reasonable length of break would be the time between colds. ...Read more

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Any ideas why I might be reacting oddly to echinacea?

Any ideas why I might be reacting oddly to echinacea?

What is oddly?: Echinacea is an herb. Herbs can be allergenic, so your symptoms could be allergy related. If you are experiencing rash, shortness of breath, or hives i'd recommend stopping it immediately and seeking medical care now. Other symptoms could be related to echinacea's established effects on the immune system. I'd recommend not taking it for longer than 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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Does echinacea help suppress herpes?

Does echinacea help suppress herpes?

Has been used altern: Echinacea has been recommended by practitioners of alternative medicine as a preventive therapy for herpes simplex infection and they feel it has some antiviral properties but standard treatment is with antiviral drugs and echinacea may be used along with the standard therapy you can not use if you suffer from auto immune disease, if pregnant and on immunosuppressive therapy. ...Read more

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Can I take echinacea on immunosuppressant?

Can I take echinacea on immunosuppressant?

Probably not: Echinacea is itself a mild immunosuppressant so it is not a good idea to combine it with prescribed immunosupressants. You should discuss this question with the physician who prescribed these immunosuppressive medications. ...Read more

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Does echinacea work against the common cold?

Does echinacea work against the common cold?

Probably not much: There is some german literature that shows minor benefit. ...Read more

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