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Ashwagandha

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 29, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Physalis somnifera
  • Withania somnifera
  • Ajagandha
  • Amangura
  • Amukkirag
  • Asan
  • Asana
  • Asgand
  • Asgandh
  • Asgandha
  • Ashagandha
  • Ashvagandha
  • Ashwaganda
  • Ashwanga
  • Asoda
  • Asundha
  • Asvagandha
  • Aswaganda
  • Aswagandha
  • Avarada
  • Clustered Winter Cherry
  • Indian Ginseng
  • Kanaje Hindi
  • Kuthmithi
  • Samm al ferakh
  • Winter Cherry
  • Withania
  • Withania Somnifera

What is this product used for?

Ashwagandha is used by some people to help the body cope with stress.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking, especially digoxin (Lanoxin).

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you have stomach problems or ulcers.

  • Avoid beer, wine, and mixed drinks (alcohol) while taking this product. It may cause you to become sleepy or drowsy.

  • Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease.

  • This product may cause you to be sleepy. Take extra care driving and doing tasks that you need to be alert for while taking this product.

  • Take extra care if you are using drugs to help you relax or sleep. These are drugs like diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), or zolpidem (Ambien).

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Heart problems

    • Blood pressure problems

    • Blood sugar problems

    • Thyroid problems

    Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar, especially if you have blood sugar problems.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Feeling lightheaded, tired, or sleepy

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Change in balance, feeling shaky, or unsteady

  • Not able to think clearly or change in thinking

Last Reviewed Date

2018-04-18

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