Asafoetida (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:Asafetida, Asant, more...Devil's dung, Ferula assafoetida, food of the Gods, stinking gum
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Suggested Dosing

Follow Mfr's instructions

Extract: 0.5-1 mL PO TID

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Suggested Uses

GI problems (flatulence, dyspepsia), bronchitis, other respiratory problems, cancer, influenza

Efficacy: animal studies only

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Adverse Effects

Frequency Not Defined

GI problems (eg, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting) (rare)

Bleeding (rare)

Swelling of lips (rare)

Convulsions (rare)

Headache (rare)

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Warnings

Contraindications

Pregnancy (may be abortifacient), bleeding disorder, epilepsy, blood pressure problems

Infant colic

Cautions

May cause GI upset

Contains coumarin-like substances, may incr risk of bleeding if given with anticoagulants

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: N/A avoid

Lactation: N/A

Pregnancy Categories

A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA:Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Metabolism: N/A

Excretion: N/A

Mechanism of Action

Unclear; may contain antimicrobials that help reduce flatulence

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