Anise contains chemicals that might have estrogen-like effects, decrease swelling, and help fight off insects.
People use anise for indigestion, constipation, migraine, menopausal symptoms, and many other puproses, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse anise with star anise. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for ANISE overview.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Anise is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if anise is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine while pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Children: Anise is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if anise is safe for children to use as medicine.
Allergies: Anise might cause allergic reactions in some people who are allergic to other plants that are similar to anise. Plants that are similar to anise include asparagus, caraway, celery, coriander, cumin, dill, and fennel.
Hormone-sensitive conditions: Anise might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don't use anise. This includes breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and others.
Surgery: Anise might lower blood sugar levels. This might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using anise at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Birth control pills (Contraceptive drugs) interacts with ANISE
Some birth control pills contain estrogen. Taking anise along with birth control pills might decrease the effects of birth control pills. If you take birth control pills along with anise, use an additional form of birth control such as a condom.
Estrogens interacts with ANISE
Large amounts of anise might have some of the same effects as estrogen. Taking anise along with estrogen pills might increase or decrease the effects of estrogen pills.
Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) interacts with ANISE
Tamoxifen is used to help treat and prevent estrogen-sensitive cancers. Anise seems to affect estrogen levels in the body. By affecting estrogen in the body, anise might decrease the effects of tamoxifen.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with ANISE
Anise might lower blood sugar levels. Taking anise along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Caffeine interacts with ANISE
Taking anise oil with caffeine might reduce the levels of caffeine in the blood. This might decrease the effects of caffeine.
Codeine interacts with ANISE
Codeine is changed into morphine by the liver. Taking anise oil with codeine might increase the effects and side effects of codeine.
Diazepam (Valium) interacts with ANISE
The body breaks down diazepam to get rid of it. Taking anise oil with diazepam might slow down how quickly the body breaks down diazepam. This might increase the effects and side effects of diazepam.
Fluoxetine (Prozac) interacts with ANISE
Taking anise oil with fluoxetine might reduce how well fluoxetine works.
Imipramine (Tofranil) interacts with ANISE
Taking anise oil with imipramine might reduce how well imipramine works.
Midazolam (Versed) interacts with ANISE
The body breaks down midazolam to get rid of it. Anise oil might slow down how quickly the body breaks down midazolam. This might increase the effects and side effects of midazolam.
Be cautious with this combination
Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) interacts with ANISE
Taking anise oil with acetaminophen might reduce the levels of acetaminophen in the blood. This might reduce how well acetaminophen works.
Be watchful with this combination
As medicine, anise seed powder has most often been used by adults in doses of 5 grams by mouth daily for up to 2 months. Anise oil has most often been in doses of 200 mg by mouth three times daily for up to 4 weeks. Anise extract has most often been used in doses of 110-330 mg by mouth daily for up to 4 weeks. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what type of product and dose might be best for a specific condition.
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