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Catnip Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings
- Vet Hum Toxicol 1997 Dec;39(6):373-5 -- Catnip and the alteration of human consciousness. -- Osterhoudt KC, Lee SK, Callahan JM, Henretig FM.
Acute exposure to catnip increased stereotyped behavior and susceptibility to seizures, did not interfere with haloperidol-induced catalepsy, and decreased sleeping time after sodium pentobarbital administration. Long-term exposure induced tolerance to stereotypic behavior, catalepsy and sleeping time, and increased the susceptibility to seizures induced by picrotoxin and strychnine. An amphetamine-like effect of catnip was suggested to explain the acute effects, while dispositional and functional adaptative changes were considered involved with the long-term effects.
- Vet Hum Toxicol 1995 Dec;37(6):530-3 -- Behavioral effects of acute and long-term administration of catnip (Nepeta cataria) in mice. -- Massoco CO, Silva MR, Gorniak SL, Spinosa MS, Bernardi MM.
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