Yerba Mate

Reviewed on 9/17/2021

Brand Name: Ilex paraguariensis

Generic Name: Yerba Mate

Drug Class: Neurology and Psychiatry, Herbals

What Is Yerba Mate and How Does It Work?

Yerba Mate is an herbal supplement that can be used to relieve mental and physical fatigue, diuretic, mood modifier, analgesic, depression, and weight loss.

More studies are needed to determine effectiveness.

Yerba Mate is available under the following different brand names: Ilex paraguariensis.

What Are the Dosages of Yerba Mate?

Dosages of Yerba Mate:

  • Dried leaves steeped in hot water for 10 minutes
  • No typical dosing guidelines

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • None.


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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Yerba Mate?

Side effects of digestive enzymes include:

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 Yerba Mate?

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.

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 Yerba Mate?


  • This medication contains yerba mate. Do not take Ilex paraguariensis if you are allergic to yerba mate 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 Yerba Mate?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Yerba Mate?"


  • None

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • There is no information available regarding the use of yerba mate during pregnancy.
  • There is no information available regarding the use of yerba mate when breastfeeding.


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