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Peppermint Oil

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Peppermint Oil, Mentha x piperita, Menthol

  • Contraindications
  1. General
    1. Contraindications apply to doses listed below
    2. Tea is unlikely to cause any serious adverse effects
  2. Pregnancy
    1. May cause uterine bleeding
  3. Hiatal Hernia or severe Gastroesophageal Reflux
  4. Cholecystitis or Cholelithiasis
  • Adverse Effects
  1. Gastroesophageal Reflux
    1. Peppermint decreases LES pressure
  2. Perianal burning
  3. Blurred vision
  4. Nausea or Vomiting
  • Dosing
  1. Oral enteric coated oil (for gastrointestinal symptoms)
    1. Adult: 0.2 to 0.4 ml PO tid
    2. Child: 0.1 to 0.2 ml PO tid (if over age 8 years)
  2. Topical Peppermint Oil 10% (for Tension Headache)
    1. Applied to area of Headache