Side Effects of Rose Hips

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Red rose hips on a wood table.
Red rose hips on a wood table. (Image: JanHerodes/iStock/Getty Images)

Rose hips are used in traditional medicine as a way to increase vitamin C levels, and they are also included in a lot of herbal teas. They are generally safe for adults, except for people allergic to this plant. However, there are other potential side effects and medication interactions to be aware of, so speak with your doctor before using rose hips or any herbal remedy.

Potential Side Effects and Interactions

Some people experience stomach cramps, heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, difficulty sleeping or fatigue after consuming rose hips. Rose hips also aren't recommended for those with diabetes, sickle-cell disease or an iron-related disorder, according to RxList.com. The vitamin C in rose hips may increase the amount of aluminum your body absorbs and interact with the blood thinner warfarin, estrogens, lithium, aspirin, choline magnesium trisalicylate and fluphenazine, increasing the risk for adverse effects. If you drink herbal teas or take any herbal remedies, look for rose hips in the ingredients list if you are sensitive to them.

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