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Description

Veratrum is a genus of flowering plants in the family Melanthiaceae, commonly known as false hellebore. It is a toxic substance that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It contains a variety of alkaloids, including veratridine, jervine, and cevadine, which have a variety of pharmacological effects.

Veratrum is used to treat a variety of conditions, including hypertension, heart failure, and asthma. It is also used as an abortifacient and to induce labor.

Common side effects of veratrum include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness, headache, and fatigue. It can also cause an irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, and an increased risk of bleeding.

Associated brand names include Veratrum Album, Veratrum Viride, and Veratrum Californicum.

Synonyms
  • American veratrum
  • European hellebore
  • green hellebore
  • green hellebore rhizome
  • veratro verde
  • veratrum
  • veratrum album
  • veratum viride
  • white hellebore
  • white hellebore rhizome
Classifications
  • alkaloid
  • antihypertensive

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