Turnera diffusa (Damiana)

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    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

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What is damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Turnera diffusa is a natural herbal supplement. The exact mechanism of how Turnera diffusa works is not known. Turnera diffusa is believed to have stimulant, antidepressant, mood improving, libido enhancing, euphoric, and nervous system restorative properties. Individuals should consult their doctor before taking Turnera diffusa compounds.

What brand names are available for damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral?

Damiana

Is damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral?

No

What are the side effects of damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral?

There are no adverse effects reported.

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What is the dosage for damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral?

There are no established doses. The dose for one commercial product for adults is one capsule (450 mg) three times daily, preferably with meals. Capsules may be place in meals. Individuals should consult their doctor before taking Turnera diffusa compounds.

Which drugs or supplements interact with damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral?

There are no established drug interactions with Turnera diffusa.

Is damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies of Turnera diffusa use in pregnant women. It is not intended for use by pregnant women.

It is not known whether Turnera diffusa enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

What else should I know about damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral?

What preparations of damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral are available?

Turnera diffusa is available in capsules, dried leaf extract, liquid extract, and powder forms. Concentration of Turnera diffusa may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

How should I keep damiana (Turnera diffusa)-oral stored?

Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Turnera diffusa, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices. Some products are stored at room temperature.

Medically reviewed by John Cunha

RERFERENCES:

Medscape. Damiana (Herbs/Suppl)

National Institute of Health Dietary Supplement Label Database. Turnera diffusa.

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Reviewed on 8/9/2017
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Medically reviewed by John Cunha

RERFERENCES:

Medscape. Damiana (Herbs/Suppl)

National Institute of Health Dietary Supplement Label Database. Turnera diffusa.

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