Eucalyptus (Herb/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:fevertree, gum tree, more...red ironbark, white ironbark
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Suggested Dosing

Oil

Arthritis: 5-20% in an oil-based formulation or 5-10% in an alcohol-based formulation

Nasal Congestion: 1 tsp in boiling water for steam inhalation; also rub on chest & around nose

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Suggested Uses

Arthritis, nasal congestion, asthma, skin ulcers, tick repellant

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            Adverse Effects

            Allergic rxns

            Severe AEs if oil is taken PO: abd pain, cyanosis, dyspnea, ataxia, hypotension, arrhythmias, multiorgan failure

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Acute intermittent porphyria

            Cautions

            Do NOT ingest oil - severe, potentially fatal toxicity

            Diabetes, 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

            Mechanism of Action

            Elicits anti-inflammatory effect by interacting with OH- radicals; interferes with leukocyte activation

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