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Turmeric

Generic Name: turmeric (tur MER ik or TOO me rik)
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Drug Information:
Turmeric is a spice that comes from a plant. Turmeric is also known as Curcuma, Curcumin, Halada, Haldi, HaRidra, Indian Saffron, Nisha, Pian Jiang Huang, Rajani, Safran Bourbon, Safran de BatAllita, Safran des Indes, Turmeric Root, and Yu Jin. Turmeric should not be confused with Javanese turmeric root (Curcuma zedoaria). Turmeric is commonly used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, and other foods. The turmeric root is also used to make alternative medicine. Turmeric has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in reducing blood Cholesterol, reducing osteoarthritis pain, or relieving itching caused by chronic kidney disease. Learn more

Turmeric Side Effects

Turmeric Side Effects

Applies to turmeric: 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 signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although not all side effects are known, turmeric is thought to be likely safe for most people when used as directed for up to 8 months.

Long-term use of turmeric may cause serious side effects. Stop using this product and call your healthcare provider at once if you have:

  • unusual bruising or bleeding;

  • any bleeding that will not stop; or

  • high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, headache, blurred vision.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, upset stomach;

  • diarrhea; or

  • dizziness.

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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Editorial References and Review

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

Source: Drugs.com Turmeric (www.drugs.com/mtm/turmeric.html).