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Yucca

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Brand Name: Adams needle, aloe yucca, bear grass, dagger plant, Joshua tree, Mohave yucca, Our Lord's candle, soapweed, Spanish bayonet

Generic Name: Yucca

Drug Class: Analgesics, Herbals

What Is Yucca and How Does It Work?

Yucca suggested uses when taken orally include osteoarthritis, high blood pressure (hypertension), migraine headaches, colitis, high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), stomach disorders, diabetes, poor circulation, and liver and gallbladder disorders

Yucca suggested uses when used topically include sores, skin diseases, inflammation, bleeding, sprains, broken limbs, joint pain, baldness, and dandruff

There is unreliable clinical evidence for use of yucca in the treatment of osteoarthritis

Yucca may reduce hypercholesterolemia and high blood pressure (hypertension) along with diet and exercise

Yucca is available under the following different brand and other names: Adams needle, aloe yucca, bear grass, dagger plant, Joshua tree, Mohave yucca, Our Lord's candle, soapweed, and Spanish bayonet

Dosages of Yucca:

Suggested Dosing

  • No typical dosing guidelines
  • Traditionally 380-490 mg of powdered yucca stalk or root two to three times daily

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

See “Suggested Dosing”

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Yucca?

Common side effects of yucca include:

  • Stomach upset
  • Bitter taste
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loose stools (high doses)

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 Yucca?

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.

Yucca has no known severe interactions with other drugs.

Yucca has no known severe, serious, moderate, or 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 Yucca?

Warnings

This medication contains yucca. Do not take Adams needle, aloe yucca, bear grass, dagger plant, Joshua tree, Mohave yucca, Our Lord's candle, soapweed, or Spanish bayonet if you are allergic to yucca 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

  • None

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • None

Short-Term Effects

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

Long-Term Effects

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

Cautions

  • May cause loose stools in high doses.
  • Causes hemolysis in vitro, but never demonstrated in humans.

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • There is no information about use of yucca during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.
Reviewed on 8/22/2017

Medscape. Yucca.
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/adams-needle-aloe-yucca-yucca-344530
RxList. Yucca.
https://www.rxlist.com/yucca-page2/supplements.htm

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