Lobelia is used for asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, quitting smoking, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Lobelia is also likely unsafe when taken by mouth.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Ineffective for
- Quitting smoking. Most research suggests that taking lobeline, a chemical found in lobelia, does not help people to quit smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if lobelia is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if lobelia is safe or what the side effects might be. It's LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone to take lobelia by mouth. But lobelia is especially dangerous for people with the following conditions:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking lobelia is LIKELY UNSAFE. It can cause serious vomiting. Don't take lobelia if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Stomach or intestinal problems including ulcers, Crohn disease, inflammatory bowel disease, infections, and others: Lobelia can irritate the GI tract, which might make these conditions worse.
Heart disease: Lobelia can affect the heart, especially when taken in large doses. Do not take lobelia if you have heart disease.
Lithium interacts with LOBELIA
Lobelia might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking lobelia might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Be cautious with this combination
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