Hesperidin, alone or in combination with other citrus bioflavonoids (such as diosmin), is most commonly used for blood vessel conditions such as hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and poor circulation (venous stasis).
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Poor circulation that can cause the legs to swell (chronic venous insufficiency or CVI). Taking a particular product containing hesperidin methyl chalcone, butcher's broom, and vitamin C by mouth seems to relieve the symptoms of poor circulation in the legs. Also, taking a different product containing hesperidin and diosmin by mouth for 2-6 months seems to improve CVI symptoms, although taking the drug Venoruton might be more effective for treating this condition.
- Hemorrhoids. Some research suggests that taking hesperidin and diosmin improves symptoms of anal hemorrhoids. It may also prevent hemorrhoids from coming back after they have healed and may help in an emergency worsening of hemorrhoids.
- Leg sores caused by weak blood circulation (venous leg ulcer). Taking a specific product containing hesperidin and diosmin by mouth for 2 months seems to improve the healing of small venous stasis ulcers when used along with compression dressings.
Possibly Ineffective for
Special Precautions and Warnings
Bleeding disorder: Hesperidin might slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. In theory, hesperidin might make bleeding disorders worse.
Low blood pressure: Hesperidin might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking hesperidin might make blood pressure become too low in people who already have low blood pressure.
Surgery: Hesperidin might prolong bleeding. There is concern that hesperidin might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgical procedures. Stop taking hesperidin at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Celiprolol (Celicard) interacts with HESPERIDIN
Hesperidin may reduce how much celiprolol the body absorbs. This might decrease how well celiprolol works. Do not take hesperidin with celiprolol.
Diltiazem (Cardizem, others) interacts with HESPERIDIN
Hesperidin may reduce how much diltiazem the body absorbs. This might decrease how well diltiazem works. Do not take diltiazem with hesperidin.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with HESPERIDIN
Hesperidin might decrease blood pressure. Taking hesperidin along with medications used to lower high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.
Some medications for high blood pressure include nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan), diltiazem (Cardizem), isradipine (DynaCirc), felodipine (Plendil), amlodipine (Norvasc), and others.
Medications moved by pumps in cells (P-Glycoprotein Substrates) interacts with HESPERIDIN
Some medications are moved by pumps in cells. Hesperidin might make these pumps less active and increase the amount of some medications that get absorbed by the body. This might increase the amount of some medications in the body, which could lead to more side effects. But there is not enough information to know if this is a big concern.
Some medications that are moved by these pumps include etoposide, paclitaxel, vinblastine, vincristine, vindesine, ketoconazole, itraconazole, amprenavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, saquinavir, cimetidine, ranitidine, diltiazem, verapamil, corticosteroids, erythromycin, cisapride (Propulsid), fexofenadine (Allegra), cyclosporine, loperamide (Imodium), quinidine, and others.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with HESPERIDIN
Hesperidin might slow blood clotting. Taking hesperidin along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding and others.
Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with HESPERIDIN
Hesperidin might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking hesperidin along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness. Taking hesperidin along with sedative medications used in surgery might cause prolonged sedation.
Some sedative medications include pentobarbital (Nembutal), phenobarbital (Luminal), secobarbital (Seconal), thiopental (Pentothal), fentanyl (Duragesic, Sublimaze), morphine, propofol (Diprivan), and others.
Verapamil (Calan, others) interacts with HESPERIDIN
Hesperidin may increase how much verapamil the body absorbs. This might increase the effects and side effects of verapamil. Do not take verapamil with hesperidin.
Be cautious with this combination
- For poor circulation that can cause the legs to swell (chronic venous insufficiency or CVI): A specific combination product containing hesperidin methyl chalcone 150 mg, butcher's broom root extract 150 mg, and ascorbic acid 100 mg has been used. Also, a combination of 100-150 mg of hesperidin with 900-1350 mg of diosmin taken daily for 2-6 months has been used.
- For hemorrhoids: A combination of 150 mg of hesperidin plus 1350 mg of diosmin twice daily for 4 days, followed by 100 mg of hesperidin and 900 mg of diosmin twice daily for 3 days has been used. Also, a combination of 50 mg of hesperidin plus 450 mg of diosmin twice daily for 3 months has been used to prevent the return of hemorrhoids.
- For sores caused by weak blood circulation (venous leg ulcer): A combination of 100 mg of hesperidin and 900 mg of diosmin daily for up to 2 months has been used.
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