* *ADVISORY* *Ashwagandha should not be used during pregnancy because it may cause uterine contractions and induce miscarriage or abortion. It also should not be used by nursing moms. Ashwagandha is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, and so it may cause oversedation when taken with like substances, such as barbiturates, anxiolytics (e.g., alprazolam (Xanax®), diazepam (Valium®), and surgical anesthetic agents. In large doses, it could cause life-threatening suppression of breathing.
DOSAGE:The typical dose in the treatment of multiple sclerosis is 1 – 2 grams twice a day.
CONCLUSION:We conclude that there is currently insufficient information to support the use of ashwagandha. We will continue to monitor the available research.
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