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A 34-year-old member asked:

what is your opinion on st. john's wort for depression?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 54 years experience
Negative: There is no good study showing benefit. I have patients who tell me it helped. - this is anecdotal only. Many products on the market have little or no st. John's wort in them.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Positive: Sjw may be helpful in some cases of mild depression. You may need more treatment interventions if your depression is severe.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Its effects have been shown to be not much better than a placebo, but some have made the same claim for antidepressants. I think it is most important to be in the care of a mental health expert to provide guidance and recommend appropriate treatment.
Apr 23, 2012

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How much st. John's wort should you take for depression?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Don't use it: St. John's wart has shown some effect in diminishing the symptoms of depression, but it is not a treatment for depression. Depression can be a chronic disorder and should be treated with interventions that have shown both short and long term benefits.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can I take st. John's wort for depression?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
St. John's wort: St. Johns wort has been shown to be beneficial in treating milder forms of depression. It is not too effective with moderate to severe forms. Due to have similiar affects on seretonin levels, it's recommended that you don't take st. Johns wort and an antidepressant together.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How good is st john's wort as treatment for depression?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
St. John's wort: Works ok for few no. Of patients with mild symptoms who can't tolerate or choose not to take antidepressants.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can st. John's wort work for depression?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 20 years experience
It can: St. John's wort can work for more mild to moderate depression. For severe depression, medication and therapy work best. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting the supplement as it may interact with other medications.

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