vitexagnus castus (Chaste Tree, Chaste Berry, Vitex, Monk's Pepper, Agnus Castus, Gattlier, Indian)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

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The maximum daily dose is 1800 mg per day.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Chaste tree berry should be avoided in women taking birth control or any other hormonal medications because chaste tree also affects hormone levels.

Chaste tree should be used with caution in certain antipsychotic or anti-Parkinson's medications because chaste tree may affect dopamine levels in brain, reducing the effect of antipsychotic or anti-Parkinson's medications.

PREGNANCY: Chaste tree is known to affect estrogen and progesterone levels, which may not be safe for pregnant women. Therefore, it is not recommended to use chaste tree products in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether Chaste tree enters breast milk; however, it is best not to use chaste tree in nursing mothers.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCE:

Stacie E. Geller, et al. Botanical and Dietary Supplements for Menopausal Symptoms: What Works, What Doesn't. J Womens Health (Larchmt). Sep 2005; 14(7): 634–649.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/16/2015
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