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Generic name: elderberry [EL-der-ber-ee]
Drug class: herbal products

What is Sambucol?

Sambucol is one of the berries that comes from an older European (or black) tree. The fruit is used in the production of medicines.

Sambucol is also referred to by the names 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.

Sambucol is not to be confused with American Elder, Elderflower, or Dwarf Elder.Sambucol is utilized in alternative medicine as an efficient treatment for constipation. The medicine could also be efficient in reducing the effects associated with the flu.Other applications that aren't supported by research include gum disease, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and the common cold.

It isn't certain if Sambucol is effective in treating any medical issue. Medical use of this drug is not accepted by the FDA. This medication is not to be used as a substitute for medications that are prescribed by your doctor.

Sambucol is typically sold as an herbal supplement. There aren't any regulated manufacturing guidelines in place for a lot of herbal substances, and some of the supplements sold have been identified as infected with poisonous metals or other substances. The best herbal and health supplements are purchased from a reputable source to reduce the risk of contamination.Sambucol can also be employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline for the product.

Similar/related drugs

Turmeric, Ginkgo Biloba

Side effects of Sambucol

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue,

While not all adverse effects are fully understood, Sambucol is thought to be safe if taken according to the directions for a short time.

Sambucol may be harmful if raw leaves, stems, or fruits are eaten. The herb has a chemical in it that causes cyanide in the leaves, or other plant parts, and also in the ripe, green fruit. It can trigger vomiting, nausea, vomiting along with diarrhea, or other dangerous side effects when consumed in large amounts.

Sambucol can cause severe adverse reactions. Stop taking Sambucol and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

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

Common adverse effects of Sambucol can include:

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

This isn't an exhaustive list of all the side effects. Other effects may also be experienced. Seek advice from your doctor for medical advice about adverse effects. It is possible to report any adverse reactions to the FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088..


Follow the directions on the label of the product and the package. Inform your health care providers about your allergies, medical conditions, and any other medications you take.

Prior to use this drug

Consult a pharmacist, doctor, or any other healthcare professional to determine if it's appropriate for you to take this medication when you suffer from an autoimmune disorder like:

  • MS;
  • Lupus;
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Talk to your doctor before taking this product if you are nursing or pregnant.

Don't give a health or herbal supplement to your child without a medical recommendation.

How to take Sambucol?

If you are considering using herbal supplements, you should seek guidance from your physician. It may be beneficial to talk with an expert who has been trained in the use of herbal or health supplements.

If you decide to take Sambucol, take it as indicated on the label or as recommended by your pharmacist, doctor, or any other healthcare professional. Don't use more of this product than indicated by the manufacturer on its label.Don't mix different types of elderberry (pills, liquids, pills, and more) simultaneously, or you may suffer from an overdose.Follow the directions on the label or as directed by your physician.

Sambucol is a medicine used to treat symptoms of the flu and cold, like a stuffy nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, a sore throat, cough chills, and fever. Use it as soon as you notice the first sign of symptoms, like a cold or flu.If you want, you can mix Sambucol with fruit juice, water, yogurt, or an ice cream smoothie.

Consult your physician for advice if the problem you're treating with Sambucol doesn't improve or if you experience a fever that lasts longer than three days or signs of a cold for longer than seven days.Keep your Sambucol product in a safe place 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?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help Line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Follow the instructions of your physician regarding any restrictions on your food, drink, or any activity.

Interaction with other drugs

Do not consume Sambucol without medical guidance if you're taking any of these drugs:

  • Medicine to stop the risk of organ donation rejection;
  • Medicine for treating multiple sclerosis
  • Medicines for treating psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other conditions that cause autoimmune disease;
  • Medicines used to treat ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease medicine to treat Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Steroid medicine.

This list isn't complete. Other medications can affect Sambucol, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. Some interactions with drugs are not listed here. Are listed here.