- What is oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)? What are the uses for oral passion flower?
- What are the side effects of oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
- What is the dosage for oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
- Is oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
What is oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)? What are the uses for oral passion flower?
Passion flower is a 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.
What brand names are available for oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
Apricot Vine, Passion Vine, Water Lemon, and many others
Is oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
What is the dosage for oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
Children should not be given passion flower without a doctor's supervision and dose adjustment.
- Liquid extract: Take 45 drops by mouth daily.
- Tablet: Take up 90 mg by mouth daily.
- Liquid extract: Take 60 drops by mouth daily.
- 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.
Which drugs or supplements interact with oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
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.
Is oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
What else should I know about oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
What preparations of oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) are available?
Passion flower is available in tablets, dried extract, liquid extract, and tincture formulations.
How should I store oral passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)?
There are several formulations and manufacturers of passion flower. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
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Passion flower or Passiflora incarnata (Apricot Vine, Passion Vine, Water Lemon, and many others) is an herbal supplement commonly purported to treat anxiety disorders, trouble sleeping, upset stomach, irregular heartrate, high blood pressure, burns, and hemorrhoids. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, storage, and pregnancy safety should be reviewed prior to using this supplement.
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