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yerba mate (Ilex paraguayensis)-oral (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: Flushing, nausea, vomiting, irritability, nervousness, increased urination and headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: stomach pain, yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, fever, muscle twitching, unusually fast/slow/irregular heartbeat. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor before using this product: liver disease, high blood pressure. Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence or liver disease. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product. Caution is advised when using this product in children, as they may experience more side effects. Yerba mate is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this product. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this product is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, especially of: theophylline, "water pills" (diuretics such as furosemide), cimetidine, certain quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, enoxacin), verapamil, stimulants (e.g., adrenaline-like drugs such as methylphenidate, pseudoephedrine). Check all medicine labels carefully, especially "diet pills" (appetite suppressants) as well as cough-and-cold preparations since many contain stimulants (e.g., phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine). Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of these products. Avoid drinking large amounts of beverages containing caffeine (e.g., coffee, tea, cola).

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.

NOTES: Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Refer to storage information printed on the package. If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist.


Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005



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