Cereus is used for chest pain (angina), fluid retention associated with weak heart function (heart failure), and as a heart stimulant. Cereus is also used for bladder infections and other urinary tract problems, bleeding, and shortness of breath.
Women use it for painful or heavy menstrual periods.
Cereus is sometimes applied directly to the skin for joint pain.
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Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Chest pain (angina).
- Fluid retention due to heart failure.
- Heavy menstrual pain and bleeding.
- Urinary tract problems.
- Shortness of breath.
- Joint pain, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
The fresh juice may cause burning of the mouth, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can cause itching and skinblisters when applied to the skin.
Special Precautions and Warnings
The fresh juice may cause burning of the mouth, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can cause itching and skinblisters when applied to the skin. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of cereus during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Heart conditions: There is some concern that cereus may harm people with existing heart conditions or interfere with heart treatment.
Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with CEREUS
Digoxin (Lanoxin) helps the heart beat more strongly. Cereus also seems to affect the heart. Taking cereus along with digoxin can increase the effects of digoxin and increase the risk of side effects. Do not take cereus if you are taking digoxin (Lanoxin) without talking to your healthcare professional.
Medications for depression (MAOIs) interacts with CEREUS
Cereus contains a chemical called tyramine. Large amounts of tyramine can cause high blood pressure. But the body naturally breaks down tyramine to get rid of it. This usually prevents the tyramine from causing high blood pressure. Some medications used for depression stop the body from breaking down tyramine. This can cause there to be too much tyramine and lead to dangerously high blood pressure.
Some of these medications used for depression include phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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