Arnicare is an OTC homeopathic medication used to relieve muscle pain and stiffness. It also reduces swelling and discoloration from bruises while assisting the body’s natural healing process. The active ingredient is Arnica montana, a mountain plant from the daisy family that has been commonly used as a natural pain reliever for centuries. Arnicare is available in the form of tablets and gel. Arnicare tablets are non-drowsy and it works naturally without side effects or drug interactions and may be safely used with arnicare gel. Arnica is possibly safe when used in the amounts commonly found in food or when applied to unbroken skin short-term. Amounts that are larger than the amount found in food are likely unsafe when taken by mouth.
We currently have the brand Arnicare from Canada manufactured by Boiron. This medication is available in a pack of 60 tablets or a 75g gel.
Arnicare may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and others. If you have allergies, talk to your doctor before you apply this medication to your skin. Do not take Arnicare by mouth. Do not take Arnicare by mouth or apply to the skin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. You should take this medication if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, Crohn’s disease or other stomach or intestinal conditions, or if you have a fast heart rate and if you have high blood pressure. Arnicare might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using it at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.