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Generic Name: Borage (Borago officinalis) (Not applicable.)
Brand Name: Generics only. No brands available.

Borage is used for:

Treating joint pain and inflammation of arthritis and skin inflammation conditions (atopic dermatitis). It has also been used for symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It may also have other uses. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.

Borage is an herbal product. It works by reducing inflammation in the body.

Do NOT use Borage if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Borage

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Borage :

Some medical conditions may interact with Borage . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have schizophrenia or liver problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Borage . However, no specific interactions are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Borage may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Borage :

Use Borage as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Dosing depends on the use and the source of the product.
  • Use as directed on the package, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Borage oil should not be used for a long period of time unless directed by your doctor.
  • If you miss taking a dose of Borage for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Borage .

Important safety information:

  • Have your liver function tested regularly while you are taking borage oil.
  • This product has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe and effective for any medical condition. The long-term safety of herbal products is not known. Before using any alternative medicine, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Use of Borage is not recommended if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor before using this product. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using borage oil, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Borage :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with the proper use of Borage . Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Borage :

Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light unless otherwise directed on the package label. Do not store in the bathroom. Most herbal products are not in childproof containers. Keep Borage out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Borage , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Borage is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Borage . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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