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

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    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.

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

PRESCRIPTION: No

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2015

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