Drug Interactions With Ma Huang

Ma Huang Interactions Explained

The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when ma huang is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Any Other Stimulants
Do not combine ma huang with any other stimulant. Ma huang contains ephedrine and other stimulants, which can be dangerous when taken with other stimulants.
Some of the stimulants and many nasal decongestants are chemically related. Taking them together may increase the risk of side effects. Do not take ma huang with a decongestant.
Diabetes Medications
Ma huang may increase your blood sugar, which can make diabetes medications less effective. Do not take ma huang with a diabetes medication.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
Combining an MAOI with ma huang can lead to life-threatening reactions. If you take an MAOI, do not take any products that contain ma huang.
QT-Prolonging Medications
Theoretically, combining ma huang with a QT-prolonging medication could increase the risk of QT prolongation, a very dangerous irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
Seizure Medications
Ma huang can make seizure medications less effective. Do not take ma huang if you take any seizure medications.
Theophylline (Uniphyl, Theocron, TheoCap, Theo-24, Elixophyllin)
Combining ma huang with theophylline could lead to serious side effects. Do not use ma huang with theophylline.

Final Thoughts on Drug Interactions With Ma Huang

It is possible that not every drug interaction with ma huang was discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the ma huang drug interactions that may apply to you. Even though ma huang is banned, it is important to be honest and open with your healthcare providers about taking ma huang.
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