South African Geranium
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- What other names is South African Geranium known by?
- What is South African Geranium?
- How does South African Geranium work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for South African Geranium.
Medications that decrease the immune system (Immunosuppressants)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
South African geranium might increase the activity of the immune system. Taking South African geranium along with some medications that decrease the immune system's activity might decrease the effectiveness of these medications.
Some medications that decrease the immune system's activity include azathioprine (Imuran), basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), daclizumab (Zenapax), muromonab-CD3 (OKT3, Orthoclone OKT3), mycophenolate (CellCept), tacrolimus (FK506, Prograf), sirolimus (Rapamune), prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone), corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), and others.
- For bronchitis: 30 drops (about 1.5 mL) three times daily or 10-30 mg tablets three times daily of a specific extract of South African geranium (Umckaloabo, EPs 7630, Schwabe GmBh, Germany) for 7 days. In children age 7-12 years, 20 drops of this extract three times daily. In children age 6 years or less, 10 drops of this extract three times daily. Some studies have not found the tablet formulation to work in children.
- For sore throat and swollen tonsils in children age 6-10 years: 20 drops of a specific extract of South African geranium (Umckaloabo, EPs 7630, Schwabe GmBh, Germany) three times daily (about 3 mL/day) for 7 days.
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