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CatnipNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Catnip (Nepeta cataria). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions. Catnip also is known as catnep, catmint, catswort, and field balm.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Pregnancy and breast-feeding - Catnip may stimulate uterine contractions and there is some evidence that it may induce menstruation or miscarriage. The effects of using catnip during breast-feeding are unknown and therefor not recommended.
Warning 2 - Heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia): may make heavy menstrual periods worse.
Warning 3 - Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): Because catnip can start menstruation, women with PID may want to avoid using this herb.
Warning 4 - Alcohol: Catnip may enhance the effects of alcohol.
Warning 5 - Sedative/hypnotics: Catnip may increase the effects of sedatives.
Warning 6 - Surgery: Because catnip seems to slow down the central nervous system (CNS), there is a concern that using catnip along with anesthesia might slow down the CNS too much. Experts recommend stopping use at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Warning 7 - Diuretic action: Catnip may increase the frequency and amount of urination.
Used as a natural health remedy: Catnip has been used as a tea for centuries to treat the following conditions:
Side Effects of CatnipExcessive use of Catnip may produce the following side effects:
Catnip is UNSAFE when smoked, when taken by mouth in high doses (for example drinking more than 1 cup of catnip tea), and when used in children.
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.Return to the Herb List.
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