Bugleweed

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About

Bugleweed is a plant. People use the parts that grow above the ground for medicine.

Bugleweed is used to lower high levels of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). It is also used to treat premenstrual syndrome; breast pain; nervousness; trouble sleeping (insomnia); and bleeding, especially nosebleeds and heavy bleeding during menstruation.

How it works

Bugleweed might reduce the body's production of thyroid hormone. Bugleweed also seems to reduce the release of the hormone prolactin, which might help relieve breast pain.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Nervousness
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Bleeding
High levels of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism)
Breast pain
Other conditions

Concerns

Possibly safe

Bugleweed is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth, but thyroid disease should not be self-treated due to possible complications. Long-term use of bugleweed can cause an enlarged thyroid gland. Discontinuing bugleweed abruptly can result in high levels of thyroid and prolactin, which might cause physical symptoms.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It'sLIKELY UNSAFEto take bugleweed by mouth duringpregnancybecause it mightaffecthormones. It's alsoLIKELY UNSAFEto take bugleweed by mouth while breast-feeding. It can affect milk production.Are there any interactions with medications?

Diabetes: Bugleweed might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes, use bugleweed cautiously, watch for symptoms of low blood sugar, and check your blood sugar carefully. The dose of your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted.

Surgery: Bugleweed might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using bugleweed at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Enlarged thyroid or poorly functioning thyroid (thyroid hypofunction): Don't use bugleweed if you have one of these conditions or are receiving thyroid treatments.

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Thyroid hormone

Bugleweed might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking bugleweed along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.Taking bugleweed might decrease how well thyroid hormone pills work. Don't take bugleweed if you take thyroid pills.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.