Agaric, Amanita muscaria, Amanite Tue-Mouches, Fausse Oronge, Fly Agaric, Matamoscas, Red Fly Agaric, Red Toadstool, Soma.


Overview Information

Aga is a mushroom. Its cap is red with white spots. It is sometimes called “fly agaric,” because some of the chemicals it contains are poisonous to the common housefly. Despite serious safety concerns, people use the parts of aga that grow above the ground to make medicine.

Aga is used in homeopathy for nerve pain, fever, anxiety, alcohol poisoning, and joint pains.

Some people use it as a recreational drug to cause “mind-altering sensations” that are something like hallucinations.

How does it work?

Aga mushrooms have chemicals that cause the brain to misunderstand what the body is seeing, hearing, tasting, and feeling.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of aga for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Aga is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It can cause side effects such as sleepiness, confusion, dizziness, delirium, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Aga is UNSAFE for anyone to use, but women who are pregnant or breast-feeding have the health of their baby as an extra reason to avoid use.



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The appropriate dose of aga depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for aga. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • DONALIES, G. and VOELZ, G. [A suicide attempt with fly agaric II. On the toxicology of Amanita muscaria. With a contribution to the psychology of the choice of suicide agent.]. Nervenarzt 1961;32:552-555. View abstract.
  • DONALIES, G. and VOELZ, G. [A suicide attempt with fly agaric. On the toxicology of Amanita muscaria. With a contribution to the psychology of the choice of suicide agent.]. Nervenarzt 4-20-1960;31:182-185. View abstract.
  • Hajicek-Dobberstein, S. Soma siddhas and alchemical enlightenment: psychedelic mushrooms in Buddhist tradition. J Ethnopharmacol. 1995;48(2):99-118. View abstract.
  • Michelot, D. and Melendez-Howell, L. M. Amanita muscaria: chemistry, biology, toxicology, and ethnomycology. Mycol.Res 2003;107(Pt 2):131-146. View abstract.
  • ROCH, M. and MACH, J. P. [Severe prolonged delirium caused by Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) poisoning.]. Praxis. 3-3-1960;49:225-227. View abstract.
  • Satora, L., Pach, D., Butryn, B., Hydzik, P., and Balicka-Slusarczyk, B. Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) poisoning, case report and review. Toxicon 6-1-2005;45(7):941-943. View abstract.
  • Mikaszewska-Sokolewicz MA, Pankowska S, Janiak M, Pruszczyk P, Lazowski T, Jankowski K. Coma in the course of severe poisoning after consumption of red fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). Acta Biochim Pol. 2016;63(1):181-182. View abstract.

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