Herbal medicine--sets the heart racing!

Ir Med J. 2010 Jul-Aug;103(7):219.


The potential for pharmaceuticals to produce side effects and drug interactions is well known to medical practitioners and the lay public alike. However, the potential for alternative medicines to produce such effects is less widely known. We describe a potentially dangerous interaction between a herbal medicine and concomitant selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) ingestion.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention / drug effects
  • Citalopram / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Herb-Drug Interactions*
  • Humans
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Rhodiola / adverse effects*
  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors / adverse effects*


  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
  • Citalopram