SWAMP MILKWEED Overview Information
Swamp milkweed is an herb. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.
Despite serious safety concerns, people take swamp milkweed for digestion problems.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information available to know how swamp milkweed might work.
- Digestion problems.
- Other conditions.
SWAMP MILKWEED Side Effects & Safety
Swamp milkweed is UNSAFE to use. It contains chemicals similar to the prescription drug digoxin (Lanoxin) that can cause a dangerously irregular heartbeat. Handling the plant can cause swelling (inflammation) of the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Swamp milkweed is UNSAFE for anyone to use, including pregnant and breast-feeding women. It can cause a dangerously irregular heartbeat.
Heart disease: Swamp milkweed can make a heart condition worse. Avoid use.
Major Interaction Do not take this combination
- Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with SWAMP MILKWEED
Digoxin (Lanoxin) helps the heart beat more strongly. Swamp milkweed also seems to affect the heart. Taking swamp milkweed along with digoxin can increase the effects of digoxin and increase the risk of side effects. Do not take swamp milkweed if you are taking digoxin (Lanoxin) without talking to your healthcare professional.
- Quinine interacts with SWAMP MILKWEED
Swamp milkweed can affect the heart. Quinine can also affect the heart. Taking swamp milkweed along with quinine might cause serious heart problems.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Antibiotics (Macrolide antibiotics) interacts with SWAMP MILKWEED
Swamp milkweed can affect the heart. Some antibiotics might increase how much swamp milkweed the body absorbs. Increasing how much swamp milkweed the body absorbs might increase the effects and side effects of swamp milkweed.
Some antibiotics called macrolide antibiotics include erythromycin, azithromycin, and clarithromycin.
- Antibiotics (Tetracycline antibiotics) interacts with SWAMP MILKWEED
Taking tetracycline antibiotics along with swamp milkweed might increase the chance of side effects from swamp milkweed.
Some tetracyclines include demeclocycline (Declomycin), minocycline (Minocin), and tetracycline (Achromycin).
- Stimulant laxatives interacts with SWAMP MILKWEED
Swamp milkweed can affect the heart. The heart uses potassium. Laxatives called stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the chance of side effects from swamp milkweed.
Some stimulant laxatives include bisacodyl (Correctol, Dulcolax), cascara, castor oil (Purge), senna (Senokot), and others.
- Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with SWAMP MILKWEED
Swamp milkweed might affect the heart. "Water pills" can decrease potassium in the body. Low potassium levels can also affect the heart and increase the risk of side effects from swamp milkweed.
Some "water pills" that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Microzide), and others.
SWAMP MILKWEED Dosing
The appropriate dose of swamp milkweed depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for swamp milkweed. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.