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Queen Anne’s Lace

Uses|Precautions and warnings|Side effects|Interactions|Dosage

Uses

What is Queen Anne’s Lace used for?

Queen Anne’s Lace (Ducus carota) is a biennial plant that has a white or orange root with a leafy green top with small white flowers. It is in the same family as domestic carrots, parsley, and celery.

The active constituents of Queen Anne’s Lace include porphyrins and tannins. Porphyrins stimulate the pituitary gland, promoting the release of oxytocin and other hormones. Tannins have astringent, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory effects.

Queen Anne’s Lace has the following uses:

  • Diuretic
  • Uterine stimulant
  • Liver detoxifier
  • Kidney support
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Antiseptic

How does it work?

The astringent effect of tannins promotes diuresis or excretion of water. It also works as an antiseptic, with mild antimicrobial properties.

Porphyrins promote the release of oxytocin which triggers uterine contractions. Because of this, there is a risk of inducing abortions in women who are pregnant.

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Precautions and warnings

What should I know before using Queen Anne’s Lace?

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:

  • You have ever had an allergic reaction to Queen Anne’s Lace or other supplements.
  • You have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances.
  • You are taking other medications.
  • You are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • You have underlying health conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Because Queen Anne’s Lace may induce uterine contractions, it is not recommended to use it while pregnant. This supplement should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.

This supplement is not likely excreted in breast milk. This supplement should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Queen Anne’s Lace?

All supplements 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 supplement include:

  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Skin irritation (if applied to the skin)
  • Dehydration
  • Abortion

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.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Queen Anne’s Lace?

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.

Some medications that can interact with Queen Anne’s Lace:

  • Antihypertensives

The liquid extract preparation of this medication may contain alcohol. Avoid taking the following together with this preparation:

  • Antihistamines
  • Sedatives
  • CNS depressants

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.

Does food or alcohol interact with Queen Anne’s Lace?

This medication may be taken with or without food. If you experience any gastrointestinal discomfort, taking this medication with meals may prevent this symptom. It is important to drink enough water while taking this medication.

The liquid extract preparation of this medication may contain alcohol thus alcohol consumption should be limited to prevent intoxication, especially in children or adults who need to drive or operate machinery.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.

What health conditions may interact with Queen Anne’s Lace?

This supplement should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:

  • Allergy to any of the ingredients

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Queen Anne’s Lace.

What is the dose of Queen Anne’s Lace for an adult?

The recommended dosage of this drug has not been established for treating any specific disease or condition. Consult with a doctor for the appropriate indication and dosage.

What is the dose of Queen Anne’s Lace for a child?

This supplement is not recommended for use in children and the recommended dose has not been established. Consult with a doctor or pharmacist for alternatives and more information.

How is Queen Anne’s Lace available?

This supplement is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Liquid extract/tincture
  • Tea, coffee, or other drink

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of this supplement, 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.

Sources

https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Daucus+carota

https://webstu.onu.edu/garden/node/457

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD on Dec 03, 2020
Medically reviewed by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD
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