What is it?
Schizandra is an herbal medicine used to prevent and treat liver problems, improve heart function, and improve exercise performance.
Other names for Schizandra include: We Wei Zi, Gomisis, Gomishi, Schisandra, and Schisandra chinensis.
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 Schizandra you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Schizandra. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.
- Before taking Schizandra, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Do not take Schizandra if you have epilepsy (seizures or uncontrollable shaking) (2)
- Do not take Schizandra if you have very high blood pressure or intracranial (in the head) pressure (2)
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.
- Insomnia (sleeplessness) or breathing problems (1)
1. Sinclair S: Chinese herbs: A clinical review of Astragalus, Ligusticum, and Schizandrae. Alternative Medicine Review 1998; 3:338-344.
2. Weiner MA & Weiner JA: Herbs that Heal. Quantum Books, Mill Valley, CA; 1994.
3. Bensky D (ed): Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica. Eastland Press Inc, Seattle, WA; 1993: 376.
Last Updated: 1/4/2011