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Rosemary

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: Old Man, Rosmarinus officinalis Linn

Generic Name: rosemary

Drug Class: Antimicrobials, Herbals; Cardiovascular, Herbals

What Is Rosemary and How Does It Work?

Rosemary is an herbal supplement that can be used in treatment for bronchial asthma, peptic ulcer, prostate disorder, inflammatory disease, liver toxicity, atherosclerosis, stroke, ischemic heart disease, cataracts, leukemia, sperm motility, anticancer and antitumor activity, to enhance mental function and memory, dyspepsia, high blood pressure, rheumatism, promotes menstrual flow, antibacterial, antifungal, and as an antiviral agent.

Rosemary is approved for dyspepsia, hypertension, alopecia and rheumatism by the German Commission E.

Rosemary is available under the following different brand names: Old Man, and Rosmarinus officinalis Linn.

Dosages of Rosemary:

Rosemary Leaf (dyspepsia, high blood pressure and rheumatism)

  • 1-2 grams per days
  • As tea: 1-3 cups per day (steep 1-2 grams in 150 ml water)

Extract

  • 2-4 ml orally three times daily (1:1 in 45% alcohol)

Topical

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

See "Dosages"

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Rosemary?

Side effects of rosemary 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 Rosemary?

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.

Rosemary has no known severe interactions with other drugs.

Rosemary has no known serious interactions with other drugs.

Rosemary has no known moderate interactions with other drugs.

Rosemary 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 Rosemary?

Warnings

  • Rosemary has convulsant/epileptogenic properties and may cause seizures. Rosemary may also cause allergic contact dermatitis, although not generally considered to be a human sensitizer
  • This medication contains rosemary. Do not take Old Man or Rosmarinus officinalis Linn if you are allergic to rosemary 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

  • Avoid use during pregnancy; amounts found in food are permissible

Effects of Drug Abuse

Ingestion of large quantities of rosemary may cause stomach and intestinal irritation, kidney damage and/or toxicity.

Short-Term Effects

  • Rosemary has convulsant/epileptogenic properties and may cause seizures. Rosemary may also cause allergic contact dermatitis, although not generally considered to be a human sensitizer
  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Rosemary?"

Long-Term Effects

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

Cautions

  • Ingestion of large quantities of rosemary may cause stomach and intestinal irritation, kidney damage and/or toxicity
  • Increased risk of autoimmune disease
  • Allergic contact dermatitis, although not generally considered to be a human sensitizer
  • Rosemary has convulsant/epileptogenic properties and may cause seizures

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Avoid dosages of rosemary during pregnancy above those found in food as safety and efficacy is unknown.
  • There is no available information on the effects of rosemary while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.
Reviewed on 5/3/2017

Medscape. Rosemary.
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/old-man-rosmarinus-officinalis-linn-rosemary-344476#0

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