People use clubmoss for bladder and kidney disorders, and as a diuretic to increase urine, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using clubmoss might also be unsafe.
Don't confuse clubmoss with Chinese club moss or fir club moss. Chinese club moss and fir club moss contain a chemical called huperzine A. Clubmoss does not contain this chemical.
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Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Bladder disorders.
- Kidney disorders.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Clubmoss is POSSIBLY UNSAFE for anyone, including pregnant and breast-feeding women. Don't use it.
Slow heart rate (bradycardia): Clubmoss might slow down the heartbeat. This could be a problem in people who already have a slow heart rate.
Gastrointestinal tract blockage: Clubmoss might cause "congestion" in the intestines. This might cause problems in people who have a blockage in their intestines.
Ulcers: Clubmoss might increase secretions in the stomach and intestines. There is concern that this could worsen ulcers.
Lung conditions: Clubmoss might increase fluid secretions in the lung. There is concern that this could worsen lung conditions such as asthma or emphysema.
Seizures: There is concern that clubmoss might increase the risk of seizures.
Urinary tract obstruction: Clubmoss might increase secretions in the urinary tract. There is concern that this could worsen urinary obstruction.
Drying medications (Anticholinergic drugs) interacts with CLUBMOSS
Clubmoss might increase levels of certain chemicals in the body that work in the brain, heart, and elsewhere. Some drying medications called "anticholinergic drugs" can decrease levels of these same chemicals. These drying medications might decrease the effects of clubmoss, and clubmoss might decrease the effects of drying medications.
Some of these drying medications include atropine, scopolamine, some medications used for allergies (antihistamines), and some medications used for depression (antidepressants).
Various medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer disease, and other conditions (Cholinergic drugs) interacts with CLUBMOSS
Clubmoss might increase certain chemicals in the brain, heart, and elsewhere in the body. Some medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer disease, and other conditions also affect these chemicals. Taking clubmoss with these medications might increase the chance of side effects.
Some of these medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer disease, and other conditions include pilocarpine (Pilocar and others), donepezil (Aricept), tacrine (Cognex), and others.
Medications for Alzheimer disease (Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors) interacts with CLUBMOSS
Clubmoss might increase certain chemicals in the brain, heart, and elsewhere in the body. Some medications used for Alzheimer disease also affect these chemicals. Taking clubmoss along with medications for Alzheimer disease might increase effects and side effects of medications used for Alzheimer disease.
Be cautious with this combination
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