Brand Name: Indian Ginseng, Withania, Withania Somnifera

Generic Name: Ashwagandha

Drug Class: Adaptogens, Herbals

What Is Ashwagandha and How Does It Work?

Ashwagandha is an herbal supplement which can be used as an adaptogen, as an aid to help the body to adapt to internal or external stressors, to fight fatigue and to increase stamina.

There is insufficient information as to the effectiveness of ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha is available under the following different brand names: Indian Ginseng, Withania, and Withania Somnifera.

Dosages of Ashwagandha:


  • 1-6 gram whole herb orally each day


  • 3 cups each day (1-6 grams whole herb)


  • 2-4 ml orally three times daily

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • None.


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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ashwagandha?

Common side effects of Ashwagandha include:

  • There are no known side effects of ashwagandha.

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Ashwagandha?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

Ashwagandha has no known severe interactions with any drugs.

Ashwagandha has no known serious interactions with any drugs.

Ashwagandha has no known moderate interactions with any drugs.

Ashwagandha has mild interactions with at least 29 different drugs.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns or for more information about this medicine.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Ashwagandha?


Avoid use with high blood pressure and during pregnancy.

This medication contains ashwagandha. Do not take Indian Ginseng, Withania, or Withania Somnifera if you are allergic to ashwagandha or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.


Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ashwagandha?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ashwagandha?"


  • Avoid use if high blood pressure and during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Do not use ashwagandha during pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
  • Information is not available as to use of ashwagandha when breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.


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