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Horse chestnut

Generic Name: horse chestnut (HORSE CHEST nut)
Brand Name: Venastat
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Drug Information:
Horse chestnut is a plant also known as Aescin, Aesculus hippocastanum, Buckeye, Castaño de Indias, Châtaignier de Mer, Châtaignier des Chevaux, Escine, Faux-Châtaignier, Hippocastani, Hippocastanum Vulgare Gaertn, Marron Europeen, Marronnier, Spanish Chestnut, Venostasin Retard, Venostat, White Chestnut, and other names. Horse chestnut has been used in alternative medicine and is likely effective in treating some symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (decreased blood flow return from the feet and legs back to the heart). These symptoms include leg pain or tenderness, varicose veins, itching or swelling in the legs, and fluid retention (puffy or swollen ankles or feet). Learn more

Horse chestnut Side Effects

Horse chestnut Side Effects

Applies to horse chestnut: oral capsule

Warning

Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking horse chestnut: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although not all side effects are known, horse chestnut is thought to be possibly safe when taken for a short period of time.

Stop using horse chestnut and call your healthcare provider at once if you have:

  • severe skin redness, swelling, itching, or rash.

Common side effects may include:

  • upset stomach;

  • headache, dizziness; or

  • itching

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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  • Drug class: herbal products

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Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Horse Chestnut (www.drugs.com/mtm/horse-chestnut.html).