Cascara sagrada is a shrub that grows in North America. The dried bark has been used as a laxative. It can be taken as a pill, liquid, or powder.
There are not any advised doses for cascara sagrada.
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Cascara sagrada may be safe for most adults to take for a short period of time. Cascara sagrada should not be taken for a long period Cascara sagrada may damage the liver and should not be taken at all by children, during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, or by people with gastrointestinal conditions.B1
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:
A1. Constipation Mueller-Lissner SA, Wald A. Constipation in adults. BMJ Clin Evid. 2010 Jul 5;2010.
B1. Nakasone ES, Tokeshi J. A Serendipitous Find: A Case of Cholangiocarcinoma Identified Incidentally After Acute Liver Injury Due to Cascara sagrada Ingestion. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2015 Jun;74(6):200-202
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