What is uva ursi used for?
Uva ursi is a plant. The leaves are used to make medicine.
Uva ursi is used primarily for:
- Urinary tract disorders, including infections of the kidney, bladder, and urethra
- Swelling (inflammation) of the urinary tract
- Increased urination
- Painful urination
- Urine that contains excess uric acid or other acids
Uva ursi is also used for constipation and a lung condition called bronchitis.
Uva ursi, hops, and peppermint are also used in combination to treat people with compulsive bedwetting and painful urination.
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how uva ursi works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that uva ursi can reduce bacteria in the urine. It can also reduce swelling (inflammation), and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using uva ursi?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
- You have allergy with any substances of uva ursi or other medications or other herbs.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
The regulations for an herb are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herb must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is uva ursi?
Uva ursi is possibly safe for most adults when taken by mouth short-term (for up to one month). However, uva ursi is possibly unsafe when taken by mouth in high doses or long-term.
Special precautions & warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Using uva ursi during pregnancy is likely unsafe because it might start labor. Not enough is known about the safety of using uva ursi during breast-feeding. Avoid use if you are pregnant or nursing.
Children: Uva ursi is possibly unsafe in children when taken by mouth. Uva ursi contains a chemical that might cause severe liver problems. Do not give uva ursi to children.
Retinal thinning: Uva ursi contains a chemical that can thin the retina in the eye. This could worsen the condition of people whose retinas are already too thin. Avoid use if you have this problem.
What kind of side effects may I have from uva ursi?
Uva ursi can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, and a greenish-brown discoloration of the urine. When used in high doses or long-term, uva ursi can cause liver damage, eye problems, breathing problems, convulsions, and death.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.
What interactions may I have with uva ursi?
Uva ursi may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.
Products that may interact with uva ursi include:
Uva ursi might have an effect like a water pill or “diuretic.” Taking uva ursi might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for uva ursi?
The dose for uva ursi may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herb are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does uva ursi come in?
Uva ursi may be available in the following forms:
- Encapsulated uva ursi standardized extract
- Uva ursi tincture
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