In this Article
- What other names is Indian Snakeroot known by?
- What is Indian Snakeroot?
- How does Indian Snakeroot work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Indian Snakeroot.
Self-medication is UNSAFE.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use Indian snakeroot during pregnancy. The chemicals in Indian snakeroot might cause birth defects. It is also UNSAFE to use this Indian snakeroot during breast-feeding. The chemicals it contains can pass into breast milk and might harm a nursing infant.
Shock therapy (electroconvulsive therapy, ECT): Indian snakeroot should not be used by people who are receiving ECT. Stop taking Indian snakeroot at least one week before beginning ECT.
Gall stones: Indian snakeroot might make gallbladder disease worse.
Stomach ulcers, intestinal ulcers, or ulcerative colitis: Don't use Indian snakeroot if you have ever had one of these conditions.
Allergy to reserpine or similar medicines known as rauwolfia alkaloids: Don't take Indian snakeroot if you are allergic to these medicines.
Depression: Don't take Indian snakeroot if you have depression or suicidal tendencies.
A tumor in the adrenal glands which causes dangerously high blood pressure (pheochromocytoma): Don't use Indian snakeroot if you have this condition.
Surgery: Indian snakeroot might speed up the central nervous system. There is a concern that it might interfere with surgical procedures by increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Stop using Indian snakeroot at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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