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Can st john's wort help with mild depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: Using st. John's wort extract, standardized for hypericin & hyperforin, at 300mg 3x/day has been shown to be as effective as zoloft (sertraline) for mild-moderate depression. If considering this & you're also taking other medicines, please speak with your doctor first though. Some interactions are possible. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/st-johns-wort/ns_patient-stjohnswort.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Words like SSRI: St John's wort has a similar effect as seratonin reuptake inhibitors. However, you cannot depend on the purity, dose actually available and if it is contaminated, since it is not overseen by the Food and Drug Agency.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Could I take st. John's wort to treat depression?

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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Yes: St. John's wort can be effective for mild depression. However, the potency of various batches is quite variable. So the effect may not last, and side effects may appear over time.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does st john's wort work to treat depression?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
IN SOME: It works well. Not for everybody.

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