People use blue flag for conditions such as bloating, swelling (inflammation), fluid retention, liver problems, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using blue flag can also be unsafe.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Blue flag is LIKELY UNSAFE. Don't use it if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Stomach or intestinal problems such as infections, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease: Blue flag can irritate the stomach and intestines and should not be used by anyone with any of these conditions.
Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with BLUE FLAG
Blue flag is a type of laxative called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).
Do not take this combination
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with BLUE FLAG
Blue flag can work as a laxative. In some people blue flag can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can increase the effects of warfarin and increase the risk of bleeding. If you take warfarin do not to take excessive amounts of blue flag.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with BLUE FLAG
Blue flag is a laxative. Some laxatives can decrease potassium in the body. "Water pills" can also decrease potassium in the body. Taking blue flag along with "water pills" might decrease potassium in the body too much.
Some "water pills" that can decrease potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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