American Ginseng : interaction with MAO inhibitors

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Interaction rating:
American and Panax (Asian) ginseng are similar, this interaction should be considered until proven otherwise. Studies report that Panax (Asian) ginseng may act in the body like some of these medications, which may alter the effects of these medications and possibly the dose needed for treatment. Use with caution. (1)
These drugs include phenelzine, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid


  1. Jones BD, et al. Interaction of Ginseng with Phenelzine. J Clin Psychopharmacol. Jun1987;7(3):201-02.