Increases movement of the intestinal wall and is promoted to treat constipation. It is also used to restore immune function after cancer chemotherapy. It may also have other uses. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.
Astragalus is an herbal product. It works by stimulating parts of the immune system and increasing contractions of the intestinal wall.
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All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Bloating; diarrhea; gas; nausea; stomach upset.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or black stools; difficult or painful swallowing; failure to have a bowel movement; stomach or abdominal pain.
Use astragalus as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Dosing depends on the use and the source of the product. Use as directed on the package, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Take each dose of this product with a full glass of water. Drinking extra fluids while you are using this product is also recommended. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for instructions if you are on fluid restriction for any reason. Do not use this product for more than 7 days unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. If you miss taking a dose of astragalus for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day. Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use astragalus.