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Great plantain is a plant with broad leaves. It is native to Europe and parts of Asia. It now grows worldwide as a weed. The leaves and seed are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse great plantain with buckhorn plantain, water plantain, or other similar sounding medicines.

Great plantain is used for swelling (inflammation) of the bladder, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, common cold, irregular menstrual bleeding, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

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Great plantain contains substances which might help decrease pain and swelling (inflammation), decrease mucous (phlegm) production, and open airways. It might also be able to kill bacteria and fungi.

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if great plantain is safe. It might cause side effects such as diarrhea in some people.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if great plantain is safe when applied to the skin. It can cause allergic skin reactions in some people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to use great plantain if you are pregnant. Great plantain can affect the uterus and might increase the chance of having a miscarriage.

Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if great plantain is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Warfarin (Coumadin)

Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.

Great plantain contains large amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body to help blood clot. Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. By helping the blood clot, great plantain might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

There are no known interactions with foods.

The appropriate dose of great plantain depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for great plantain. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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