guarana (Paullinia cupana, Brazilian cocoa, Zoom)

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GENERIC NAME: guarana gum

BRAND NAME: Paullinia cupana, Brazilian cocoa, Zoom

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Guarana is a natural herbal supplement. The exact mechanism of how guarana works is not known. Guarana contains more than 2.5% to 5% caffeine by weight. Caffeine is a stimulant and is most likely responsible for most of guarana's effects. There is no scientific evidence that guarana extracts or berries contain any other therapeutical use. Check with your health care professional before using herbs or herbal supplements.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Guarana is available in tablets, capsules, powder extract, seed extract, and in beverage forms. Concentrations of guarana may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

STORAGE: Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Guarana, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Guarana is used for weight loss, to reduce fatigue, and treat diarrhea. It is also used as a diuretic, to improve athletic performance, and to improve cognitive function.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/11/2014



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