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Oregon Grape Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings



  • Oregon grape contains berberine and side effects can result from high dosages including gastrointestinal discomfort, dyspnea, lowered blood pressure, flu-like symptoms, and cardiac damage.
    - Birdsall TC, Kelly GS. -- Berberine: Therapeutic potential of an alkaloid found in several medicinal plants. -- Altern Med Rev 1997;2:94-103.

  • Berberine usage should be avoided in pregnancy, due to potential for causing uterine contractions and miscarriage, and in jaundiced neonates because of its bilirubin displacement properties.
    - Birdsall TC, Kelly GS. -- Berberine: Therapeutic potential of an alkaloid found in several medicinal plants. -- Altern Med Rev 1997;2:94-103.

  • The use of the herb and other traditional Chinese medicines containing a high proportion of berberine is best avoided in jaundiced neonates and pregnant women.
    - Biol Neonate 1993;63(4):201-8 -- Displacement of bilirubin from albumin by berberine. -- Chan E.







last update: March 2014



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