Bogbeans & Warfarin

Publication Date: 
Wed, 10/02/2013
By: Alere Staff

Bogbean is an aquatic or bog plant often used for medicinal purposes. Bogbean is used for rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, loss of appetite and dyspepsia. It is also used as a flavoring agent in foods.1

Bogbean contains bitter chemicals that can increase the flow of saliva and stomach juices. This might help stimulate the appetite or relieve indigestion.2 Bogbean comes in a variety of forms including teas, capsules, creams, powders, liquid extract and gel.1 The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate bogbeans nor any other herbal supplements.

Adverse reactions to bogbean include irritation of the G.I. tracts, diarrhea, pain, nausea and vomiting.2 Bogbeans have a potential interaction with warfarin (brand name Coumadin®medication) as bogbeans contain coumarins.2,3 Patients are encouraged to discuss the use of bogbean with their physician prior to starting or stopping herbal supplements.

  1. Therapeutic Research Faculty. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. 11th Edition. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research, 2009.
  2. Fetrow CW, Avila JR. Professional's Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines. 1st ed. Springhouse, PA: Springhouse Corp., 1999.
  3. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Medication Guide for Coumadin Tablets and Coumadin for Injection [Package Insert]. Princeton, NJ: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. 2009.