In this Article
- What other names is Peppermint known by?
- What is Peppermint?
- How does Peppermint work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Peppermint.
Peppermint can cause some side effects including heartburn, and allergic reactions including flushing, headache, and mouth sores.
Peppermint oil, when taken by mouth in pills with a special (enteric) coating to prevent contact with the stomach, is POSSIBLY SAFE for children 8 years of age and older.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is LIKELY SAFE to take peppermint in amounts normally found in food during pregnancy and breast-feeding. However, not enough is known about the safety of taking larger amounts used for medicine. It's best not to take these larger amounts if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
A stomach condition in which the stomach is not producing hydrochloric acid (achlorhydria): Don't use enteric-coated peppermint oil if you have this condition. The enteric coating might dissolve too early in the digestive process.
Diarrhea: Enteric-coated peppermint oil could cause anal burning, if you have diarrhea.
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