Areca

How does Betel Nut work?

It is thought that areca affects chemicals in the brain and other parts of the central nervous system.

Are there safety concerns?

Not enough is known about the safety of taking betel nut by mouth short-term. However, betel nut is considered LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth long-term or in high doses. Some of the chemicals in betel nut have been associated with cancer. Other chemicals are poisonous.

Eating 8-30 grams of betel nut can cause death. Chewing betel nut can make your mouth, lips, and stool turn red. It can cause stimulant effects similar to caffeine and tobacco use. It can also cause more severe effects including vomiting, diarrhea, gum problems, increased saliva, chest pain, abnormal heart beats, low blood pressure, shortness of breath and rapid breathing, heart attack, coma, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking betel nut by mouth is LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone, due to concerns about cancer and toxicity. But pregnant and breast-feeding women have additional risks. Betel nut can affect the central nervous system and this might endanger a pregnancy. Chemicals in betel nut might pass into breast milk and harm a nursing infant. Stay on the safe side and avoid using betel nut if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Asthma: Betel nut might make asthma worse.

Slow heart rate (bradycardia): Betel nut might slow down the heart beat. This could be a problem in people who already have a slow heart rate.

Gastrointestinal tract blockage: Betel nut might cause "congestion" in the intestines. This might cause problems in people who have a blockage in their intestines.

Ulcers: Betel nut might increase secretions in the stomach and intestines. There is concern that this could worsen ulcers.

Lung conditions: Betel nut might increase fluid secretions in the lung. There is concern that this could worsen lung conditions, such as asthma or emphysema.

Seizures: There is concern that betel nut might increase the risk of seizures.

Urinary tract obstruction: Betel nut might increase secretions in the urinary tract. There is concern that this could worsen urinary obstruction.


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