CALIFORNIA POPPY – Side Effects, Drug Interactions, Safety and Dosing

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CALIFORNIA POPPY
What is it?
California poppy is a plant. It is the state flower of California. People use the parts that grow above the ground for medicine.California poppy is used for trouble sleeping (insomnia), aches, nervous agitation, bed-wetting in children, and diseases of the bladder and liver. It is also used to promote relaxation.In combination with other herbs, California poppy is used for depression, long-term mental and physical tiredness (neurasthenia), nerve pain, various psychiatric conditions, blood vessel problems, sensitivity to weather changes, and sedation. An herb combination including California poppy is also used for sleep and mood disturbance associated with strong, warm wind in the Alps (foehn illness).
Is it Effective?
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.The effectiveness ratings for CALIFORNIA POPPY are as follows:

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for…

  • Anxiety. Developing research suggests California poppy, in combination with magnesium and hawthorn, might be useful in treating mild-to-moderate anxiety disorders. This combination product, called Sympathyl, is not available in the US.
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
  • Aches.
  • Bed-wetting.
  • Diseases of the bladder.
  • Diseases of the liver.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of California poppy for these uses.

How does it work?
California poppy contains chemicals that might cause relaxation and sleepiness.
Are there safety concerns?
California poppy appears to be safe for most people when taken appropriately by mouth for three months or less. There isn’t enough information to know if California poppy is safe for longer term use.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of California poppy during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Surgery: California poppy can slow down the central nervous system, causing sleepiness and other effects. There is some concern that California poppy might slow down the central nervous system too much when combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Stop using California poppy at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Are there any interactions with medications?

Sedative medications (Benzodiazepines)

Interaction Rating = Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

California poppy might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Drugs that cause sleepiness and drowsiness are called sedatives. Taking California poppy along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.

Some of these sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and others.

Sedative medications (CNS depressants)

Interaction Rating = Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

California poppy might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking California poppy along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.

Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.

Are there any interactions with Herbs and Supplements?

Herbs and supplements that can cause drowsiness and sleepiness

California poppy might cause drowsiness and sleepiness. Taking it with other natural products that have this same effect might cause too much sleepiness. Some of these products include 5-HTP, calamus, catnip, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, St. John’s wort, skullcap, valerian, yerba mansa, and others.

Are there interactions with Foods?

Alcohol

Both alcohol and California poppy can cause sleepiness. Using them together can cause too much sleepiness and might reduce the ability to safely drive, operate machinery, and perform other tasks.

What dose is used?
The appropriate dose of California poppy depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for California poppy. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
What other names is the product known by?
Amapola de California, Eschscholzia californica, Pavot de Californie, Poppy California, Yellow Poppy.

 

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