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Boswellia

Brand Name: Indian frankincense

Generic Name: Boswellia

Drug Class: Gastrointestinal, Herbals; Musculoskeletal, Herbals

What Is Boswellia and How Does It Work?

Boswellia suggested uses include for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, as a diuretic, and for painful menstruation.

Clinical trials have shown beneficial evidence for boswellia for all of the above uses but of varying consistency and reliability.

Boswellia is available under the following different brand names: Indian frankincense.

Dosages of Boswellia:

  • Suggested Dosing: Follow manufacturer's instructions

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

General Dosing Guidelines

  • 300-500 mg orally two to three times daily

Osteoarthritis

  • Extract: 333 mg three times daily orally

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Extract: 3600 mg/day

Ulcerative Colitis

  • Gum Resin preparation: 350 mg three times daily orally

Bronchial Asthma

  • 300 mg three times daily orally
  • Generally 300-500 mg orally two to three times daily, higher in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

QUESTION

What joints are most often affected by osteoarthritis? See Answer

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Boswellia?

Common side effects of Boswellia include:

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 Boswellia?

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.

Boswellia has no known severe interactions with other drugs.

Boswellia has no known serious interactions with other drugs.

Boswellia has no known moderate interactions with other drugs.

Boswellia has no known mild interactions with other drugs.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. 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 this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns or for more information about this medicine.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Boswellia?

Warnings

This medication contains boswellia. Do not take Indian frankincense if you are allergic to boswellia 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.

Contraindications

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

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

Long-Term Effects

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

Cautions

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Avoid use of boswellia during pregnancy. Boswellia may cause miscarriage.
  • There is no information available about use of boswellia while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.

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References
Medscape. Boswellia.
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/indian-frankincense-boswellia-344527
RxList. Indian Frankincense.
https://www.rxlist.com/indian_frankincense-page2/supplements.htm
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