Lycopus (Herbs/Suppl)

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Brand and Other Names:bugleweed, gypsywort, more...Virginia bugleweed, water horehound, wolfstrappkraut

Suggested Dosing

0.2-2 g/day whole herb PO

Commerically available preparation: 2 tablet (40 mg) PO qD

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Suggested Uses

Hyperthyroidism, PMS, breast pain, nervousness, insomnia; and bleeding, especially nosebleeds and heavy bleeding during menses

Efficacy

There is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness

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            Adverse Effects

            None in regular doses

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Pregnancy, lactation

            Hypothyroidism

            Cautions

            May cause hypoglycemia

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: avoid

            Lactation: avoid

            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

            Contains organic acids, eg, lithospermic acid that decrease levels of several hormones, particularly TSH & thyroxine (T4)

            Also inhibits binding of antibodies to thyroid that cause Graves disease

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