passion flower (Passiflora incarnata, Apricot Vine, Passion Vine, Water Lemon, and many others)

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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.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Passion flower is commonly used for anxiety disorders, trouble sleeping, opiate withdrawal symptoms, upset stomach, irregular heart rate, high blood pressure, burns, and hemorrhoids.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of passion flower are



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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2015

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