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GUARANA (GWAHR uh nah), also known as Paullinia, is an herbal product or dietary supplement. It is promoted as a stimulant, increasing alertness in people who are tired or sleepy. It is also promoted as an aid for weight loss. The FDA has not approved this herb for any medical use.
This herb may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high or low blood pressure
mental disorder like anxiety, panic attacks
stomach disease or ulcer
an unusual or allergic reaction to guarana, caffeine, other herbs or plants, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Take by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package labeling or ask your health care professional. If this supplement upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not take this supplement more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this supplement in children. This medicine is not recommended for use in children.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this with any of the following medications:
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
Check with your doctor or healthcare professional if you are taking any of the following medications:
medicines for breathing problems like dyphylline, theophylline
medicines for colds or congestion
medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
other supplements with ephedra or green tea
stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor for regular check ups.
If you take this supplement regularly you may get withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it. Symptoms include headache, being tired, dizzy, anxious, or nervous.
If you are scheduled for any medical or dental procedure, tell your healthcare provider that you are taking this supplement. You may need to stop taking this supplement before the procedure.
Herbal or dietary supplements are not regulated like medicines. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:
Always read product labels and follow directions.
Natural does not mean a product is safe for humans to take.
Look for products that include USP after the ingredient name. This means that the manufacturer followed the standards of the US Pharmacopoeia.
Supplements made or sold by a nationally known food or drug company are more likely to be made under tight controls. You can write to the company for more information about how the product was made.
Since guarana is derived from a plant, allergic reactions are possible. Stop using this herb if you develop a rash.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in emotions or moods
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
muscle tremor, twitches
nausea and vomiting
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in amount of urine
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature or as directed on the package label. Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused supplement after the expiration date.
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