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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Avoid alcohol with this medication due to its sedative effects.1
• The following herbs have sedative qualities and could intensify the effects of this medication: calamus, calendula, chamomile, California poppy, catnip, couch grass, elecampane, ginseng Siberian, goldenseal, gotu kola, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lemon balm, sage, St. John's wort, sassafras, scullcap, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, valerian, withania root, and yerba mansa.2
• Avoid yohimbe with this medication, due to increased risk of side effects.3
• These herbs may have cardiac properties: black hellebore, calamus, cereus, cola, coltsfoot, devil's claw, European mistletoe, fenugreek, fumitory, digitalis leaf, hawthorn, hedge mustard, figwort, lily of the valley roots, motherwort, pleurisy root, squill bulb leaf scales, white horehound, mate, scotch broom flower, shepherd's purse, and wild carrot. These could intensify the effects of this medication. Avoid their use together.4
• Avoid natural licorice products, Ginseng, and Ephedra (Ma huang) which may interfere with antihypertensive therapy.5
References1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
2 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
2 The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
4 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
5 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
5 The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
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