Wild Cherry

18/Description

About

Wild cherry is a plant. The bark is used to make medicine.

Wild cherry is used for colds, whooping cough, bronchitis and other lung problems; diarrhea; gout; digestive disorders; pain; and cancer. It is also used in cough syrups because of its sedative, expectorant, drying, and cough-suppressing effects.

In foods and beverages, wild cherry is used as a flavoring agent.

How it works

Wild cherry contains chemicals that might help reduce swelling (inflammation) and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Cough
Colds
Bronchitis
Diarrhea
Other conditions

Concerns

Likely safe

Wild cherry is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in amounts normally found in food

Possibly safe

Wild cherry is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in small amounts, short-term

Possibly unsafe

But taking wild cherry long-term or in large amounts is POSSIBLY UNSAFE and might cause deadly poisonings.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It'sLIKELY UNSAFEto use wild cherry if you arepregnant. Wild cherry contains a chemical, prunasin, which can cause birth defects. Not enough is known about the safety of using wild cherry duringbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates)

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Wild cherry might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking wild cherry along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking wild cherry, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver.Some medications changed by the liver include lovastatin (Mevacor), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), fexofenadine (Allegra), triazolam (Halcion), and many others.

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.