What is it?
Hoodia is an herbal medicine used for weight loss
Other names for Hoodia include: Hoodia gordonii, Kalahari cactus, Xhoba
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 breast feeding
- have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
Talk with your caregiver about how much Hoodia you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Hoodia. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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:
Hoodia may interact with other medicines you may be taking. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse before taking Hoodia with any other medicine.
- Before taking Hoodia, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hand, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing, or rash
Other Side Effects:
You may have other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
Last Updated: 1/4/2011