Octopamine is commonly used for weight loss and athletic performance, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Athletic performance. Early research shows that taking octopamine does not help active men to exercise longer or feel less tired.
- Weight loss.
- As a stimulant.
- Other uses.
Special Precautions and Warnings
High blood pressure: Octopamine might increase blood pressure. In theory, taking octopamine might make high blood pressure worse.
Surgery: Octopamine might increase blood pressure. In theory, taking octopamine might interfere with surgery by increasing blood pressure. Stop taking octopamine at least 2 weeks before surgery.
Medications for depression (MAOIs) interacts with OCTOPAMINE
Octopamine might cause high blood pressure. But the body naturally breaks down octopamine to get rid of it. Some medications used for depression can stop the body from breaking down octopamine. Taking octopamine with these medications might increase levels of octopamine and increase the risk for serious side effects.
Some of these medications used for depression include phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), and others.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with OCTOPAMINE
Octopamine might increase or decrease blood pressure. Taking octopamine along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low or reduce the effects of these medications.
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 cautious with this combination
Stimulant drugs interacts with OCTOPAMINE
Stimulant drugs speed up the nervous system and can cause a jittery feeling and a rapid heartbeat. Octopamine might also speed up the nervous system. Taking octopamine along with stimulant drugs might cause serious problems including high blood pressure.
Some stimulant drugs include diethylpropion (Tenuate), epinephrine, phentermine (Ionamin), pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), and many others.
Be watchful with this combination
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