Botanical Name: Taraxacum officinale
Other names: Blowball, Cankerwort, Cochet, Common Dandelion, Couronne de Moine, Dandelion Extract, Dandelion Herb, Délice Printanier, Dent-de-Lion, Diente de Leon, Dudal, Endive Sauvage
Uses: Treating cancer, inflammation, UTI and preventing UTIs, loss of appetite, upset stomach, flatulence, constipation, rheumatism.
Warnings/Concerns: No safety concerns with dandelion directly. However there are a few interactions with medications to be aware of:
Antibiotics (Ie: ciprofloxacin (Cipro), enoxacin (Penetrex), norfloxacin (Chibroxin, Noroxin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), trovafloxacin (Trovan), and grepafloxacin (Raxar). Dandelion may decrease the amount of antibiotic the body absorbs.
Lithium: may cause a diuretic effect.
Medications that are broken down by the liver, dandelion may decrease the speed the medication is broken down by.
Potassium sparing diuretics. Dandelion contains significant amounts of potassium and taken in combination with water pills may result in too much potassium.
Always consult your physician before taking any medicinal products. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to see if the product is appropriate for you. If you experience any pain or adverse side-effects, stop and consult your healthcare provider immediately.