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Generic: damiana
an herbal product - treats Female sexual dysfunction and Weight loss

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Interactions with Drugs

Damiana may affect blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using medications that may also lower blood sugar. Patients taking drugs for diabetes by mouth or insulin should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare provider. Medication adjustments may be necessary.

Damiana may interact with progestin drugs. Caution is advised.

Interactions with Herbs & Dietary Supplements

Damiana may alter blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using herbs or supplements that may also lower blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may require monitoring, and doses may need adjustment.

Damiana may interact with herbs and supplements that alter progestin. Caution is advised.


This information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature, and was peer- reviewed and edited by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration ( Tracee Rae Abrams, PharmD (University of Rhode Island); Nicole Giese, MS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Toni Schaeffer, PharmD (Albany College of Pharmacy); Shaina Tanguay- Colucci, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Wendy Weissner, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration).


DISCLAIMER: Natural Standard developed the above evidence- based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to Selected references are listed below.

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Alarcon- Aguilara FJ, Roman- Ramos R, Perez- Gutierrez S, et al. Study of the anti- hyperglycemic effect of plants used as antidiabetics. J Ethnopharmacol. 1998;61(2):101- 110.

Alcaraz- Melendez L, Delgado- Rodriguez J, Real- Cosio S. Analysis of essential oils from wild and micropropagated plants of damiana (Turnera diffusa). Fitoterapia 2004;75(7- 8):696- 701.

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Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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