Jimson weed contains dangerous chemicals such as atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine. These chemicals can cause serious adverse effects, including death.
Despite serious safety concerns, people sometimes use jimson weed for asthma, cough, flu (influenza), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Some people also use it as a recreational drug to cause hallucinations and a heightened sense of well-being (euphoria).
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for JIMSON WEED overview.
Special Precautions and Warnings
No one should take jimson weed, but certain people are especially at risk for toxic side effects:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Jimson weed is unsafe to take when pregnant or breast-feeding. It can cause serious adverse effects, including death.
Children: Jimson weed is unsafe when taken by mouth by children. Children are more sensitive than adults to the toxic effects of jimson weed. Even a small amount can kill them..
Congestive heart failure (CHF): Jimson weed might cause rapid heartbeat and make CHF worse.
Constipation: Jimson weed might cause constipation.
Down syndrome: People with Down syndrome might be especially sensitive to the dangerous side effects of jimson weed.
Gastrointestinal (GI) conditions: Jimson weed can slow down the GI tract and change the way that it functions. People with GI conditions, such as infections, blockages, IBD, reflux, and others, should avoid jimson weed. Jimson weed can make these conditions worse.
Seizures: Jimson weed can cause seizures. Do not use jimson weed if you have a history of seizures.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma raises the pressure inside the eye. Jimson weed might raise the pressure inside the eye even more.
Rapid heartbeat: Jimson weed might make this condition worse.
Difficulty passing urine (urinary retention): Taking jimson weed might make this condition worse.
Drying medications (Anticholinergic drugs) interacts with JIMSON WEED
Jimson weed can block a chemical in the body called acetylcholine, which has many important functions. Some medications, called anticholinergic drugs, also block acetylcholine. There is some concern that taking them together might increase the risk for confusion, blurred vision, decreased sweating, and increased heart rate.
Be cautious with this combination
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