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Fairly extensive monitoring indicates that ivy leaf rarely causes any noticeable side effects. 1 Nausea and vomiting are possible with excessive doses, or in very susceptible people. Ivy leaf is not recommended during pregnancy due to its emetine content. 2 Safety in pregnant or nursing women, young children, or people with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.
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- Brinker F. Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions , 2nd ed. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications; 1998:86.