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Evening Primrose Oil Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings
- Am Fam Physician. 2009 Dec 15;80(12):1405-8. -- Evening primrose oil. Bayles B, Usatine R.
While recommending this supplement to patients for many years for the treatment of mastalgia, this author was interested in researching the plant and the evidence supporting its use for this complaint and its other potential uses. The oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for many bodily functions; however, a lack of strong scientific evidence exists to support its use for the relief of mastalgia or atopic dermatitis.
- Holist Nurs Pract. 2008 May-Jun;22(3):171-4. -- A review of the clinical efficacy of evening primrose. Stonemetz D.
There is mixed evidence for evening primrose and borage lowering the seizure threshold.
- 2001 Dec;2(6):524-532 -- Herbal Medicines and Epilepsy: The Potential for Benefit and Adverse Effects. -- Spinella M.
Use caution if pregnant or lactating.
It may cause headaches or nausea if taken on an empty stomach, and diarrhea if taken in high doses.
Evening Primrose 0il should not be used by patients with epilepsy or schizophrenia.
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