Elderberry

Drug Levels and Effects:




Summary of Use during Lactation:


Elderberry (Sambucusnigra) fruit contains flavonoids, and anthocyanidins. The bark, leaves and root contain sambunigrin, which is potentially toxic because it can release cyanide. Cooked berries do not carry this risk.[1] Elderberry is most often used for influenza and immune stimulation. It has no specific lactation-related uses. No data exist on the excretion of any components of elderberry into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of elderberry in nursing mothers or infants. Elderberry preparations have rarely caused allergic reactions. No recommendations can be made on the use of medicinal doses of elderberry products during breastfeeding.

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Drug Levels:


Maternal Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Effects in Breastfed Infants:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Possible Effects on Lactation:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


References:


1. Vlachojannis JE, Cameron M, Chrubasik S. A systematic review on the sambuci fructus effect and efficacy profiles. Phytother Res. 2010;24:1-8. PMID:19548290



Substance Identification:




Substance Name:

Elderberry

Scientific Name:


SambucusnigraSambucus canadensis Sambucus racemosa

Drug Class:


  • Complementary Therapies

  • Phytotherapy

  • Plants, Medicinal


  • Administrative Information:




    LactMed Record Number:


    920


    Last Revision Date:


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