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Name of the generic: Elderberry [ EL-der-ber’-es“EL-der-ber”

Name of the brand: Sambucol
Dosage form: Oral liquid (-)
Drug class: Herbal products

What is Elderberry?

The elderberry is a fruit that comes from an European and Black older tree. The elderberries are used in the production of medicines.Elderberry can also be referred to also as Arbre de Judas, Baccae, Baises de Sureau, Black-Berried Alder, Black Elder, Boor Tree, Bountry, Elderberries, Ellanwood, Ellhorn, European Alder, Fruit de Sureau, Grand Sureau, Hautbois, Holunderbeeren, Sabugeuiro-negro Sambequier, Sambu, Sambuc, Sambuci Sambucus, Sambugo, Sauco, Sauco Europeo, Schwarzer Holunder, Seuillet, Seuillon, Sureau, Sureau Noir, Sus, Suseau or Sussier.Elderberry is not to be confused with American Elder, Elderflower, or Dwarf Elder.Elderberry is used in alternative medicine as a useful aid to treat constipation. Elderberry may also be beneficial in relieving signs associated with an illness called influenza ( the flu).

Other uses that have not been proven by research include gum disease, heart disease as well as obesity, high cholesterol and the common cold.It isn't certain if elderberries can be beneficial for treating any medical issue. The medicinal use of this plant is not endorsed by the FDA. Elderberry is not recommended to be used in lieu of the medication prescribed by your physician.Elderberry is commonly advertised as a herbal supplement. There aren't any regulated manufacturing guidelines in place for many of the herbal compounds, and some supplements sold on the market have been identified as infected with poisonous metals or other substances. The best herbal and health supplements are purchased from a reputable source to avoid the possibility of contamination.Elderberry is also employed for uses that aren't listed in this product's guideline.

Similar/related drugs

Turmeric , Ginkgo Biloba

Side effects of Elderberry

See a doctor immediately Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms warning signs of an allergic response such as difficulty breathing; hives or swelling of your lips, face or tongue.While not all adverse effects are fully understood Elderberry is believed to be safe if used as directed for a brief time.Elderberry could be dangerous if the leaves, stems, or fruits are eaten. The elderberry plant has the chemical cyanide within the leaves or other plant parts as well as in the green, unripe fruit. This may cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting as well as diarrhea as well as more dangerous side effects when consumed in large amounts.Elderberry can cause serious adverse side adverse effects. Stop using elderberry and contact your physician immediately If you suffer from:

  • Severe or ongoing vomiting or diarrhea;
  • Apathy
  • Severe weakness, dizziness, or confusion.

Common adverse effects of elderberry could include:

  • Nausea, vomiting;
  • Stomach cramps;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Nasal runny.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical adverse effects. Please contact the FDA with any side effects at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the directions on the label of the product and the package. Be sure to inform your health care providers about your medical conditions, allergies and any medications you take.

Before you take this drug

Consult a pharmacist, doctor or any other healthcare professional whether it is appropriate for you to take this medicine in the event that you suffer from an autoimmune condition like:

  • Ms;
  • Lupus;
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.

Consult your doctor prior to using this product if you are nursing or pregnant.Don't give herbal or health supplements to a child unless you have medical guidance.

How to take Elderberry?

If you are considering using herbal supplements, you should seek advice from your physician. It is also possible to consult someone who has received training on the use of health and herbal supplements.If you choose to utilize elderberry, do so according to the directions on the label or as recommended by your pharmacist, doctor or any other healthcare provider. Don't use more quantity of the product that is suggested according to the package.Don't mix different types of elderberry (pills or liquids, among other forms) simultaneously or you may suffer from an overdose.Follow exactly the instructions on the label or as directed by your doctor.Sambucol can relieve symptoms of flu and cold such as stuffy nose nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, sore throat chills, fever and more. Use it as soon as you notice the first symptom of flu or cold symptoms.If you wish, you can mix elderberry juice with water yogurt, fruit juice or make a smoothie.

Consult your physician to discuss your condition if the one you're treating with elderberry fails to get better, or suffer from a fever that lasts for longer than three days, or the symptoms of a cold longer than seven days.The elderberry product should be stored kept away from heat, moisture, and light.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Don't miss the missed dose, and then take the next regularly scheduled dose.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact toll-free the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Follow the doctor's advice regarding any dietary restrictions or beverages.

Interaction with other drugs

Do not consume elderberry without medical advice if taking any of the following drugs:

  • Medication to stop the risk of organ donation rejection;
  • Medication to treat ms;
  • Medicines for treating psoriasis or treatment for rheumatoid arthritis or other auto-immune disorders;
  • Medication for treating colitis ulcerative and crohn's disease; or
  • Steroid medicine.