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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Alcohol can increase both the sedative and the intoxifying effects of Xanax. Use of alcohol should be avoided.1
• Avoid caffeine, including sodas, coffee, teas or chocolate. Supplements containing caffeine should also be avoided.2
• Avoid supplements of DHEA with Xanax, it may increase side effects of the drug.3
• Tobacco interacts with Xanax to increase its elimination and should be avoided.4
• The following herbs have sedative qualities and could intensify the effects of Xanax: calamus, calendula, chamomile, California poppy, catnip, couch grass, elecampane, ginseng Siberian, goldenseal, gotu kola, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lemon balm, sage, St. John's wort, sassafras, scullcap, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, valerian, withania root, and yerba mansa.5
References1 Pronsky, ZM: Food-Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Powers DI, Moore AO: Food Medication Interactions. 5th edition. 1986:65.
2 Rybacki, JJ. Concise Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs. HarperCollins, 1997.
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Frye RF, Kroboth PD, Folan MM, et al. Effect of DHEA on CYP3A-mediated metabolism of triazolam. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2000;67(2):109 (abstract PI-82).
3 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
4 Ferguson, T: The Smokerís Book of Health, New York, 1987.
4 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
5 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
5 Davies LP, Drew CA, Duffield P, et al. Kava pyrones and resin: Studies on GABAA, GABAB and benzodiazepine binding sites in rodent brain. Pharm Toxicol 1992;71:120-26.
5 Almeida JC. Coma from the health food store: Interaction between kava and alprazolam. Ann Intern Med 1996;125:940-41.
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