Willow Bark (Herb/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:basket willow, bay willow, more...brittle willow, osier rouge, purple osier, Salicis cortex, Salix species, Salix spp, violet willow, white willow
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Suggested Dosing

Extract

120-240 mg salicin PO TID-QID

Dried Bark

1-3 g PO TID-QID

Tea

1 cup PO TID-QID; prepared with 1-3 g bark/150 ml water

Liquid Extract

1-3 ml PO qDay; 1:1 25% alcohol

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Suggested Uses

Fever, gouty arthritis, headaches, inflammation, influenza symptoms, muscle/joint aches, pain, rheumatoid arthritis

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            Adverse Effects

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            Blood in stool

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            Kidney damage

            Liver necrosis

            Nausea/vomiting

            Salicylate toxicity

            Skin rash (topical use)

            Tinnitus

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Aspirin hypersensitivity, asthma, diabetes mellitus, gout, hemophilia, hypoprothrombinemia, kidney disease, liver disease, PUD, viral infection (peds)

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: N/A

            Lactation: unsafe

            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

            Mechanism of Action

            Contains salicin, which is converted to salicylic acid

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