Asclépiade, Asclépiade Pleurétique, Asclépiade Tubéreuse, Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed, Canada Root, Flux Root, Orange Milkweed, Orange Swallow Wort, Pleurisy, Racine du Canada, Racine Colique, Racine de Flux, Racine de Tubercule, Swallow Wort, Tuber Root, Vencetósigo, White Root, Wind Root.
Pleurisy is a plant. The root is used as medicine.
Despite serious safety concerns, pleurisy root is used for coughs, swelling of the lining of the lungs (pleurisy), swelling of the air sacs in the lungs (pneumonitis), swelling of the airways (bronchitis), influenza, and swine flu. It is also used to treat disorders of the uterus, muscle spasms, and pain; to loosen mucus so it can be coughed up; and to promote sweating.
There isn’t enough information to know how pleurisy root might work.
Insufficient Evidence for:
Lung inflammation (pleurisy and pneumonitis).
Disorders of the uterus.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pleurisy root for these uses.
Pleurisy root is POSSIBLY UNSAFE because it contains a powerful chemical that is similar to the prescription drug digoxin (Lanoxin). It might cause serious heart problems. Pleurisy root also can cause side effects such as nausea and vomiting, and skin rash.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use pleurisy root if you are pregnant. Pleurisy root can stimulate the uterus and it can also act like the hormone estrogen. These effects can endanger the pregnancy.
It might be UNSAFE to use pleurisy root if you are breast-feeding. Avoid use.
Heart problems: Pleurisy root might interfere with medicines used to treat heart problems. Don’t use pleurisy root if you have a heart condition.
Major Interaction. Do not take this combination:
Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with PLEURISY ROOT
Digoxin (Lanoxin) helps the heart beat more strongly. Pleurisy root also seems to affect the heart. Taking pleurisy root along with digoxin can increase the effects of digoxin and increase the risk of side effects. Do not take pleurisy root if you are taking digoxin (Lanoxin) without talking to your healthcare professional.
Moderate Interaction. Be cautious with this combination:
Estrogens interacts with PLEURISY ROOT
Large amounts of pleurisy root might have some of the same effects as estrogen. But pleurisy root isn’t as strong as estrogen pills. Taking pleurisy root along with estrogen pills might decrease the effects of estrogen pills.
Some estrogen pills include conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin), ethinyl estradiol, estradiol, and others.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with PLEURISY ROOT
Pleurisy root might affect the heart. “Water pills” can decrease potassium in the body. Low potassium levels can also affect the heart and increase the risk of side effects from pleurisy root.
Some “water pills” that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.