Despite serious safety concerns, people use chaparral for digestion problems, respiratory tract conditions, skin disorders, arthritis, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Sexually transmitted diseases.
- Skin conditions.
- Stomach problems (cramps, gas).
- Weight loss.
- Urinary and respiratory infections.
- Skin infections.
- Hair growth.
- Skin cancer.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chaparral is safe. It might cause side effects such as rash and itching in some people.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chaparral is safe. It might cause side effects such as rash and itching in some people. It's LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone to take chaparral by mouth. But chaparral is especially dangerous for people with the following conditions:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Chaparral is LIKELY UNSAFE. It can cause serious liver and kidney problems. Don't use products containing chaparral when pregnant or breast-feeding.
Liver disease: Chaparral might make liver disease worse. Don't use it.
Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs) interacts with CHAPARRAL
Chaparral might harm the liver. Taking chaparral along with medication that might also harm the liver can increase the risk of liver damage. Do not take chaparral if you are taking a medication that can harm the liver.
Some medications that can harm the liver include acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), amiodarone (Cordarone), carbamazepine (Tegretol), isoniazid (INH), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), methyldopa (Aldomet), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), erythromycin (Erythrocin, Ilosone, others), phenytoin (Dilantin), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), and many others.
Be cautious with this combination
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