Phenethylamine stimulates the body to make certain chemicals that play a role in brain chemistry. It is similar to the drug amphetamine and may cause similar side effects.
People use phenethylamine for athletic performance, depression, obesity, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse phenethylamine with Acacia rigidula. This is a shrub that contains phenethylamine. Also don't confuse it with another chemical called palmitoylethanolamide, which might also be called PEA. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for PHENETHYLAMINE (PEA) overview.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if phenethylamine is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Bipolar disorder: Phenethylamine might cause people with bipolar disorder to convert from depression to mania.
Schizophrenia: Phenethylamine might worsen symptoms of schizophrenia, including hallucinations or delusions.
Surgery: Phenethylamine might affect the central nervous system. This could interfere with surgery. Stop taking phenethylamine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for depression (MAOIs) interacts with PHENETHYLAMINE (PEA)
Phenethylamine increases a chemical in the brain called serotonin. Some medications used for depression also increase serotonin. Taking phenethylamine along with these medications used for depression might increase serotonin too much. This can cause serious side effects including severe headache, heart problems, shivering, confusion, and anxiety.
Some common MAOIs include phenelzine (Nardil), selegiline (Zelapar), and tranylcypromine (Parnate).
Serotonergic drugs interacts with PHENETHYLAMINE (PEA)
Phenethylamine might increase a brain chemical called serotonin. Some medications also have this effect. Taking phenethylamine along with these medications might increase serotonin too much. This might cause serious side effects including heart problems, seizures, and vomiting.
Be cautious with this combination
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