Reviewed on 9/27/2021

What Is Artichoke and How Does It Work?

Artichoke suggested uses include for appetite loss, and liver and gallbladder problems.

Artichoke is possibly effective for indigestion (dyspepsia) and high levels of fats in the blood (hyperlipidemia).

Artichoke is available under the following different brand and other names: Cynara scolymus, and cynarin.

Dosages of Artichoke

Suggested Dosing

  • 500 mg/day dry extract, no more than 6 g/day

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Indigestion (Dyspepsia)

  • 320-640 mg artichoke leaf extract orally three times daily


  • 320-640 mg artichoke leaf extract orally three times daily


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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Artichoke?

Side effects of ammonium chloride include:

  • Intestinal gas
  • Allergic reactions (especially in those who are allergic to plants such as marigolds, daisies, and other similar herbs)

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Artichoke?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

Artichoke has no known severe, serious, moderate, or mild interactions with other drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Artichoke ( Vasostrict, ADH)?


  • This medication contains artichoke. Do not take Cynara scolymus or cynarin if you are allergic to artichoke or any ingredients contained in this drug.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.


Effects of Drug Abuse

  • None

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Artichoke?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Artichoke?"


  • Gallstones.
  • Possibility of allergic reactions on frequent contact.

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • There is no information available about use of artichoke during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.
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