Turnera diffusa (Damiana)

  • 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: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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GENERIC NAME: Turnera diffusa

BRAND NAME: Damiana

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: 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.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: 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.

STORAGE: 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.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Turnera diffusa is commonly used to improve sexual desire. It is also used for headache, bedwetting, constipation, depression, and improvement in mental and physical capacity.

DOSING: 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.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: There are no established drug interactions with Turnera diffusa.

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

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

SIDE EFFECTS: There are no adverse effects reported.

RERFERENCES:

Medscape. Damiana (Herbs/Suppl)

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

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