Traditionally, dendrobium plants have been used in Traditional Chinese medicine. Today, dendrobium is showing up in pre-workoutsupplements used to boost physical and athletic performance, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Some experts are still touting it as a replacement for the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA). But at least one popular dendrobium-containing supplement (Craze, Driven Sports) has been identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as being adulterated with a stimulant drug.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- A type of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn disease).
- A type of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis).
- An eating disorder (anorexia nervosa).
- Athletic performance.
- Dry mouth.
- Erectile dysfunction (ED).
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Stomach pain.
- Stomach ulcers.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the stomach (gastritis).
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Seizures: There is a concern that dendrobium might increase the chance of seizure in some people. Dendrobium contains a chemical that might increase the chance of seizure. If you have ever had a seizure, don't use dendrobium.
Medications used to prevent seizures (Anticonvulsants) interacts with DENDROBIUM
Medications used to prevent seizures affect chemicals in the brain. Dendrobium might also affect chemicals in the brain in a way that might possibly decrease the effectiveness of medications used to prevent seizures.
Some medications used to prevent seizures include phenobarbital, primidone (Mysoline), valproic acid (Depakene), gabapentin (Neurontin), carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenytoin (Dilantin), and others.
Medications that increase the chance of having a seizure (Seizure threshold lowering drugs) interacts with DENDROBIUM
Some medications increase the chance of having a seizure. Taking dendrobium might cause seizures in some people. If this combination is taken, it might increase the chance of having a seizure. Do not take dendrobium with medications that increase the chance of having a seizure.
Some medications that increase the chance of having a seizure include anesthesia (propofol, others), antiarrhythmics (mexiletine), antibiotics (amphotericin, penicillin, cephalosporins, imipenem), antidepressants (bupropion, others), antihistamines (cyproheptadine, others), immunosuppressants (cyclosporine), narcotics (fentanyl, others), stimulants (methylphenidate), theophylline, and others.
Be cautious with this combination
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with DENDROBIUM
Dendrobium might decrease blood pressure. Taking dendrobium along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.
Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDIURIL), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.
Be watchful with this combination
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