What is it?
Poplar is an herbal medicine used to treat arthritis, muscle aches and pains, stomach and liver problems, lung infections, and the common cold.
Other names for poplar include: Populus alba, Quaking aspen, American aspen, and White poplar.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
- are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
- are breastfeeding
- have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
Talk with your caregiver about how much poplar you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking poplar. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.
To store this medicine:
Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
Drug and Food Interactions:
Do not take poplar without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:
- Blood thinning medicine (example: warfarin (Coumadin(R)) (6)
- Before taking poplar, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- May increase the time it takes to stop bleeding when combined with other blood thinning medicine (5)
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.
- Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
- Chest pain
- Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin
Other Side Effects:
You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
- Headache and dizziness (3,)
1. Bradley PR (ed.): British Herbal Compendium vol. 1. British Herbal Medicine Association, Bournemouth, UK; 1992.
2. Anon: British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. British Herbal Medicine Association, Keighley, UK; 1983.
3. Mills SY: The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism. Thorsons, Wellingborough; 1985.
4. Wren RC: Potter's New Cyclopedia of botanical drugs and Preparations. Saffron Walden, Daniel; 1988.
5. Reynolds JEF: Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 29th ed. The Pharmaceutical Press, London, UK; 1982.
6. Product Information: COUMADIN(R) oral tablets, IV injection, warfarin sodium oral tablets, IV injection. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ, 2007.
Last Updated: 1/4/2011