What is Guarana Used for Today?
Interactions You Should Know About
- MAO inhibitors : The caffeine in guarana could cause dangerous drug interactions.
- Stimulant drugs such as Ritalin: The stimulant effects of guarana might be amplified.
- Drugs to prevent heart arrhythmias or treat insomnia or anxiety: Guarana might interfere with their action.
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- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -