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Generic name: pennyroyal [PEH-nee-roy-al]
Drug class: herbal products

What is Pennyroyal?

Pennyroyal is a plant that is called Dictame de Virginie, European Pennyroyal, Feuille de Menthe Pouliot, Fretillet, Hedeoma pulegioides, Herbe aux Puces, Herbe de Saint-Laurent, Lurk-In-The-Ditch, and Melissa pulegioides. Mentha pulegium Menthe Pouliot and Mosquito Plant, Piliolerial, Poleo, Pouliot Royal, Pudding Grass, Pulegium, Run-By-the-Ground, Squaw Balm, Squaw Mint, Stinking Balm, Tickseed, and many more names

Certain uses that have not been proven by research include treatment for muscle spasms as well as intestinal gas, pneumonia, weakness, stomach pain, liquid retention, skin conditions, and more.It isn't known for certain if Pennyroyal has the ability to treat any medical problem. Medical use of this product is not endorsed by the FDA. Pennyroyal is not to be used as a substitute for medications that are prescribed by your physician.

Pennyroyal is usually advertised as an herbal supplement. There aren't any regulated manufacturing guidelines in place for many herbal substances, and a few supplements that are advertised have been identified as contaminated with poisonous metals or other substances. Health supplements and herbal remedies should be bought from a trusted source to avoid the possibility of contamination.Pennyroyal is also employed for other purposes that are not covered in this product's guide.

Side effects of Pennyroyal

Seek medical attention immediately. If you are experiencing warning signs of allergic reactions, such as symptoms of hives, breathing difficulties, and swelling of your lips, tongue, throat, or face,

Stop using pennyroyal and phone your doctor immediately in the event that you are suffering from:

  • Seizures;
  • Hearing or vision problems
  • Breathing difficulty.

Common negative side effects of pennyroyal could include:

  • Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
  • Irritation of the throat;

This isn't an exhaustive list of all the side effects. Others could happen. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

turmeric, Ginkgo biloba


Follow all the instructions on the label of the product and on the packaging. Inform your health care providers about your medical issues, allergies, and any medications you take.

Before you take this drug

Before taking pennyroyal, speak with your doctor. It is possible that you will not be able to take pennyroyal if you have particular medical ailments.

Talk to a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional to determine if it's safe to take this medication when you are:

  • High blood pressure;
  • Kidney disease kidney disease
  • Liver disease.

Pennyroyal is regarded as a risk when used during pregnancy. There is some evidence to suggest that pennyroyal taken in large doses could result in abortion. It may cause liver and kidney injuries to the pregnant mother and could be fatal. Do not use this product unless you have medical advice.

Pennyroyal is thought to be unsafe for use when you're nursing babies. Do not use this product unless you have medical guidance if you're breastfeeding a baby.

Don't give any herbal or health supplement to a child unless you have medical guidance. Pennyroyal is especially dangerous for children as it can cause nervous system or liver harm and possibly death.

How to take Pennyroyal?

If you are considering using herbal supplements, you should seek advice from your physician. It is also possible to consult an expert who has been trained in the use of herbal or health supplements.If you decide to use pennyroyal, make sure you use it according to the instructions on the label or as recommended by your pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare provider. Use a smaller quantity of the product than advised according to the package.

Don't mix different forms of the drug pennyroyal (such as liquids, tablets, and others) simultaneously unless directed specifically to do so by a health doctor. The use of different formulations together can increase the chance of overdose.Contact your physician. If the problem you're treating with pennyroyal doesn't improve or becomes worse after using the product.Keep at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Do not miss any missed doses if you are close to the time of the next dose scheduled. Don't use any additional pennyroyal to replace the dose that was missed.

What happens if I overdose?

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

What should be avoided?

Follow your doctor's advice regarding any food restrictions, drinks, food, or any activity.

The continued usage of extracts of pennyroyal over the course of two weeks has been associated with the death.

Interaction with other drugs

Other medications can interfere with pennyroyal, which includes medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. Be sure to inform your health professionals about the medicines you are taking currently and all medicines you stop or start using.

Do not take pennyroyal unless you have medical advice if you are taking any of these medicines:

  • Medicine to lower blood pressure
  • Iron supplements.

This list isn't comprehensive. Other medications may be incompatible with pennyroyal, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, such as vitamins and herbal products. Not all interactions are described in this product guide.