Overview

Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) is a plant native to northern China. The fruit is eaten as food and also used to make medicine.

Schisandra is considered an adaptogen. Adaptogens are a class of natural substances that are believed to stimulate the body's resistance to physical, environmental, and emotional stressors. The chemicals in schisandra also improve liver function and might increase energy, which can improve endurance and coordination.

People use schisandra for menopause, exercise performance, pneumonia, and many other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

We currently have no information for SCHISANDRA overview.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Schisandra is possibly safe when taken appropriately. It's been used safely for up to 12 weeks. It can cause heartburn, upset stomach, decreased appetite, and itching.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: Schisandra is possibly safe when taken appropriately. It's been used safely for up to 12 weeks. It can cause heartburn, upset stomach, decreased appetite, and itching. Pregnancy: Schisandra is possibly unsafe when taken by mouth during pregnancy. It might cause the uterus to contract, which might lead to miscarriage. Do not use schisandra during pregnancy.

Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if schisandra is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions ?

    Moderate Interaction

    Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 2C9 (CYP2C9) substrates) interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Schisandra might change how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. This could change the effects and side effects of these medications.

  • Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates) interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Schisandra might change how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. This could change the effects and side effects of these medications.

  • Tacrolimus (Prograf) interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Schisandra might decrease how quickly the body breaks down tacrolimus. Taking schisandra with tacrolimus might increase the effects and side effects of tacrolimus. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this combination.

  • Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Warfarin is used to slow blood clotting. Schisandra might increase the breakdown and decrease the effects of warfarin. Decreasing the effects of warfarin might increase the risk of clotting. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin might need to be changed.

  • Midazolam interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Schisandra might decrease how quickly the body breaks down midazolam. Taking schisandra along with midazolam might increase the effects and side effects of midazolam.

  • Talinolol interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Schisandra might increase the amount of talinolol in the body. Taking schisandra while taking talinolol might increase the effects and side effects of talinolol.

  • Medications moved by pumps in cells (P-Glycoprotein Substrates) interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Some medications are moved in and out of cells by pumps. Schisandra might change how these pumps work and change how much medication stays in the body. In some cases, this might change the effects and side effects of a medication.

  • Voriconazole (Vfend) interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Schisandra might decrease how quickly the body breaks down voriconazole. Taking schisandra with voriconazole might increase the effects and side effects of voriconazole.

  • Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 2C19 (CYP2C19) substrates) interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Schisandra might change how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. This could change the effects and side effects of these medications.

  • Sirolimus (Rapamune) interacts with SCHISANDRA

    Schisandra might decrease how quickly the body breaks down sirolimus. Taking schisandra along with sirolimus might increase the effects and side effects of sirolimus. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are taking sirolimus.

Dosing

There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of schisandra might be. 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 a healthcare professional before using.
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