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

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DOSING:

Adults (According to the Univ. Maryland, children should not be given passion flower without a doctor's supervision and dose adjustment.):

Anxiety disorders

  • Liquid extract: Take 45 drops by mouth daily.
  • Tablet: Take up 90 mg by mouth daily.

Opiate withdrawal

  • Liquid extract: Take 60 drops by mouth daily.

General dosing

  • Dried extract: Take 0.25 to 2 grams by mouth three times a day.
  • Tea: Take 0.25 to 2 grams extract per 150 ml of water, by mouth two to three times a day and 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Liquid extract: Take 0.5 to 1 ml by mouth three times a day.
  • Tincture: Take 0.5 to 2 ml by mouth three times a day.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Passion flower should be used with caution with sedative medications, like alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), temazepam (Restoril), and zolpidem (Ambien), due to increased risks of excessive sleepiness and sedation.

Passion flower should be used with caution with blood pressure medications like enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), atenolol (Tenormin), amlodipine (Norvasc), and furosemide (Lasix). Passion flower also has blood pressure lowering effects and blood pressure may drop too low in individuals taking blood pressure medications.

Individuals should check with their physicians before using this supplement.

PREGNANCY: Passion flower may cause the uterus to contract and may be unsafe for the mother and the fetus. Passion flower is not recommended for use in pregnant females.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether passion flower enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to avoid using it while nursing.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/11/2014


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