GENERIC NAME: passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)
BRAND NAME: Apricot Vine, Passion Vine, Water Lemon, and many others
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Passion flower is plant used for making medicine to treat several conditions. Passion flower may have effects that are similar to benzodiazepines (for example diazepam [Valium]) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOIs (for example, selegiline). Passion flower has calming, sleep inducing, and muscle spasm relieving effects. Check with your health care professional before using herbs or herbal supplements.
SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of passion flower are
- decreased blood pressure, and
- abnormal heart rate and rhythm.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Passion flower is available in tablets, dried extract, liquid extract, and tincture formulations.
STORAGE: There are several formulations and manufacturers of passion flower. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
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