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KhatNatural 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 Khat (Catha edulis). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions. Please note that Khat has been banned in the USA, France, Switzerland, and Sweden.
Khat is a flowering shrub native to east Africa.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Pregnancy and lactation, in children, or in those with known hypersensitivity. People with renal, cardiac, or hepatic disease should avoid its use. Khat may cause headaches and elevate blood pressure. Large quantities are addictive and withdrawal may cause lethargy. Although most people experience an amphetamine-like effect, for some people Khat may work as a depressant. Chronic use may lead to nervous tremors and cause one to become more high-strung, constipated and susceptible to disease.
Warning 2 - Amphetamines: The use of Khat increases the effect of amphetamines.
Warning 3 - Antiarrhythmics: Khat increases the action of antiarrhythmics.
Warning 4 - Antihistamines: Khat increases the action of antihistamines.
Warning 5 - Antihypertensives:The use of Khat increases the effect of antihypertensives.
Warning 6 - Beta-blockers: Khat increases the action of beta-blockers.
Warning 7 - Calcium-channel blockers: Khat increases the action calcium-channel blockers.
Warning 8 - Cardiac glycosides:The use of Khat increases the effect of cardiac glycosides.
Warning 9 - Decongestants: Khat increases the effect of decongestants.
Warning 10 - MAOIs: Khat increases the action of MAOIs.
Warning 11 - Controlled Substance: In the United States, cathinone is a Schedule I drug, according to the U.S. Controlled Substance Act. The 1993 DEA rule placing cathinone in Schedule I noted that it was effectively also banning khat.
Used as a natural health remedy: Khat is used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
Side Effects of KhatThe known side effects of using Khat include:
Khat is known by a variety of names: qut , chaat , chat , kaht , tchat , qaad , jaad , miraa , Kus es Salahin , Tchaad , Tschut , Tohat , Tohai , Gat , and Qat.
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.
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