Red Poppy Description - Side Effects and its Dosage
Common Trade Names
Available as capsules.
Red poppy, Papaver rhoeas, is an annual plant that is native to Europe, North Africa, and temperate areas of Asia and has been naturalized in North America and South America. The bright red flowers are used.
Red poppy contains many alkaloids, including papaverine, rhoeadine, and isorhoeadine. It has been reported that the alkaloid content is similar to that of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, which contains morphine, noscapine, and codeine. Controversy exists regarding the presence of significant pharmacologically active narcotic constituents. Other constituents of red poppy include meconic acid, mekocyanin, mucilage, and tannin.
The actions of the various components of red poppy have not been studied in animals or humans.
Similar to opium poppy, red poppy is claimed to be mildly analgesic and sedative. It has been primarily used as a cough suppressant and expecctorant, but its effectiveness for any use has not been evaluated in Controlled clinical human trials.
No consensus exists.
CNS: potential CNS depressant effects.
Skin: allergic contact dermatitis .
Analgesics, CNS depressants: Risk of additive effects of these drugs. Avoid administration with red poppy.
Contraindications and Precautions
Avoid using red poppy in pregnant or breast-feeding patients; effects are unknown. Also, avoid its use in patients who are hypersensitive to morphine or codeine. Use cautiously in patients with a history of allergic contact dermatitis.
Points of Interest
Unlike opium poppy, little information is available about the red poppy. Its components are not well characterized, and the actual quantities contained are unknown. Red poppy has not been demonstrated to be therapeutically useful, and its toxic potential is unclear. Therefore, its use cannot be recommended.
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