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BilberryNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Animal data suggests that those with bleeding disorders, diabetes or hypoglycemia should talk to their doctor before using bilberry.
Warning 2 - Anticoagulants: Bilberry may increase the action of anticoagulants.
Warning 3 - Antidiabetics, oral: This herb may increase hypoglycemia.
Warning 4 - Antiplatelet agents: Bilberry contains a substance that may cause antiaggregation of platelets, which hinders the blood clotting process.
Warning 5 - Aspirin: Bilberry may increase the anticoagulation action of aspirin.
Warning 6 - Insulin: Using bilberry may significantly decrease blood sugar levels - monitor carefully.
Warning 7 - Iron salts: Bilberry interferes with the absorption of iron salts.
Warning 8 - NSAIDs: This herb may increase the action of NSAIDs.
Used as a natural health remedy: bilberry is used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
Side Effects of bilberryThere are no known side effects of using bilberry.
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
Bilberry is also called huckleberry, European blueberry, whortleberry, trackleberry, dyeberry, and wineberry.Return to the Herb List.
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