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Cola Tree

Natural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Cola tree (Cola nitida). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.

Warning 1 - Contraindications: The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines (Charles W. Fetrow, Juan R. Avila) says to avoid cola nut or its extract if you're pregnant or breast-feeding. Cola extract is not advised for individuals with stomach ulcers due both to its caffeine and its tannin content. Tannins are substances that can irritate the stomach.

Warning 2 - Analgesics: Cola tree may increase the effects of analgesics.

Warning 3 - Benzodiazepines: This drug may decrease the effect of cola tree products.

Warning 4 - Beta-blockers: Cola tree may increase blood pressure when used with beta-blockers.

Warning 5 - Furoquiolones: This drug may increase the effect of cola tree products.

Warning 6 - Lithium: This drug may decrease the effect of cola tree products.

Warning 7 - MAOIs: Cola tree may increase blood pressure when used with phenelzine and tranylcypromine.

Warning 8 - Psychoanalepticf agents: Cola tree may increase the effects of psychoanalepticf agents

Warning 9 - Salicylates: May increase the effect of cola tree products.

Warning 10 - Xanthines: Using cola tree products may decrease the metabolism of xanthines such as theophyline.

Warning 11 - Xanthines: Cola tree may increase the action of xanthines.

This is the herb that helped launch the Coca-Cola Company. The cola tree has long, leathery leaves and small yellow flowers from which brown seedpods grow. The cola nuts are nestled inside the pods.

Used as a natural health remedy: Cola tree nut and extract has been used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Appetite suppressant
  • Enhance mental alertness
  • Fight fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Migraine headache
  • Treat morning sickness
  • The tree's bitter twig has been used to clean the teeth and gums.

Side Effects of Cola tree

The known side effects of using Cola tree nuts and extract include:
  1. Headaches
  2. Heart irregularities
  3. Insomnia, sleeplessness
  4. Nervousness
Other side effects may also occur when using Cola tree. (See form below)

As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.

Other names for cola tree are kola nut and kolanut.

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