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NutmegNatural 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 Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Pregnancy, lactation or any chronic disease of the gastrointestinal tract, such as stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis, spastic colitis, diverticulosis, diverticulitis, or esophageal reflux (reflux esophagitis).
Warning 2 - Antidiarrheals: Nutmeg may increase the effect of antidiarrheal drugs, monitor for constipation.
Warning 3 - MAOIs: Nutmeg may increase the effects of MAOIs too much. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 4 - Psychotropic agents: Nutmeg may increase the effects of psychotropic medications too much. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 5 - Drug testing: If you are subject to drug testing you need to know that ingestion of nutmeg can produce amphetamine derivatives through bioconversion of the phenylpropane derivatives in the human body. (See Medical Toxicology of Natural Substances: Foods, Fungi, Medicinal Herbs, Plants, and Venomous Animals by Donald G. Barceloux)
Used as a natural health remedy: Nutmeg is used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
Side Effects of NutmegThere are no side effects on the body, either good or bad, when this herb is used in small amounts to enhance the flavor of food.
Overdosing on nutmeg causes a short period of euphoria and vision changes often followed by one or more of the following serious side effects:
Nutmeg is a spice used in cooking. Nutmeg is the seed and mace is the fibrous covering of the seed.
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.Return to the Herb List.
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