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Disclaimer: this drug or supplement is not currently available for sale or use in the Philippines. The information provided here is for informational purposes only.
Jamaican dogwood (Piscidia erythrina or P. piscipula) is a tree that originates from Central America, the West Indies, and the Gulf Coast of the United States. Rotenone is one of the active constituents of Jamaican dogwood and is used as a pediculicide and pesticide. In its raw or natural form, it is potentially toxic and should only be used with approval from your doctor.
Jamaican dogwood is traditionally used to:
Jamaican dogwood is commercially available outside of the country as an extract or tea. This extract is meant to be diluted in an appropriate amount of water or juice. Tea preparations should be steeped in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes or as directed by the packaging.
This drug should be stored at room temperature (<30°C) and be protected from light and moisture. Do not allow this product to freeze. Always check the label before using this product. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.
Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.
Herbal supplements are generally safe to take in moderate amounts as directed by a health professional. However, because most herb and food supplements are not approved by the FDA for treating and preventing specific diseases, recommended daily values are not always established.
Despite being advertised as “all-natural” or “safe,” natural or food supplements must be treated as conventional medication. Certain herbal preparations can interact with other medications you are taking, increasing the risk of adverse drug reactions and toxicity.
Before using this medication, inform your doctor if:
There is insufficient data regarding the use and safety of this supplement during pregnancy. Because of the potential toxicity of this herb, it is best to avoid using it during pregnancy or lactation. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.
This drug may be excreted in breast milk. This drug should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.
All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.
Potential side effects while using this drug include:
You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.
If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.
This medication may be taken with or without food. If you experience any gastrointestinal discomfort, taking this medication with meals may prevent this symptom. There is no data available regarding the effects of alcohol consumption while taking this medication.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.
This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Jamaican dogwood.
The recommended dosage of this drug has not been established for treating any specific disease or condition. Consult a doctor for the appropriate indication and dosage.
This drug is not recommended for use in children and the recommended dose has not been established. Consult a doctor or pharmacist for alternatives and more information.
This drug is available in the following dosage forms:
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you miss a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Jamaica Dogwood, https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/jamaica-dogwood, Accessed Aug 10, 2020
Jamaica Dogwood, http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productid=107&pid=33&gid=000258, Accessed Aug 10, 2020
Piscidia piscipula, https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=26865#null, Accessed Aug 10, 2020