People use black hellebore for conditions such as cancer, nausea, worms, irregular periods, and many others, but there is no scientific evidence to support these uses. Using black hellebore is also unsafe.
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Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Causing miscarriage in pregnancy.
- Irregular menstrual periods.
- Kidney infections.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to use black hellebore if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It might cause a dangerously irregular heartbeat. It might also cause a miscarriage.
Disorders of the stomach and intestines: It's UNSAFE to use black hellebore if you have a disorder affecting your digestive system.
Heart disease: It's UNSAFE to use black hellebore if you have a heart condition. It might make your heart condition worse.
Antibiotics (Macrolide antibiotics) interacts with BLACK HELLEBORE
Black hellebore can affect the heart. Some antibiotics might increase how much black hellebore the body absorbs. Taking black hellebore along with some antibiotics might increase the effects and side effects of black hellebore.
Some of these antibiotics, called macrolide antibiotics, include erythromycin, azithromycin, and clarithromycin.
Antibiotics (Tetracycline antibiotics) interacts with BLACK HELLEBORE
Taking antibiotics along with black hellebore might increase the chance of side effects from black hellebore.
Some antibiotics that interact with black hellebore include demeclocycline (Declomycin), minocycline (Minocin), and tetracycline (Achromycin).
Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with BLACK HELLEBORE
Digoxin (Lanoxin) helps the heart beat more strongly. Black hellebore also seems to affect the heart. Taking black hellebore along with digoxin can increase the effects and the risk of side effects of digoxin and black hellebore. Do not take black hellebore if you are taking digoxin (Lanoxin) without talking to your healthcare professional.
Quinine interacts with BLACK HELLEBORE
Black hellebore can affect the heart. Quinine can also affect the heart. Taking quinine along with black hellebore might cause serious heart problems.
Stimulant laxatives interacts with BLACK HELLEBORE
Black hellebore can affect the heart. The heart uses potassium. Laxatives called stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the chance of side effects from black hellebore.
Some stimulant laxatives include bisacodyl (Correctol, Dulcolax), cascara, castor oil (Purge), senna (Senokot), and others.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with BLACK HELLEBORE
Black hellebore might affect the heart. "Water pills" can decrease potassium in the body. Low potassium levels can also affect the heart and increase the risk of side effects from black hellebore.
Some "water pills" that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Microzide), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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