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Best Valerian Root Brand
No single best: Just like there is no best single drug for anxiety, there is no single best herb. We are all unique biochemically and a drug or herb that might work great for one person may not help another at all. Of the 3 you mention kava causes the most side effects. You can try passion flower ; valerian to see which works better for you, but holy basil (tulsi), rhodiola and l-theanine are also worth trying. ...Read more
I threw away the Ativan that the doctor gave me because it doesn't mix well with my other meds plus I don't want to get addicted, I drink tea every night for anxiety and I'm wondering which of these is the best- valerian root, kava, or chamomile?
See below.: It's great you decided to try less addictive ways to reduce your anxiety. Chamomile is probably the safest tea to help you relax. You may want to drink less if you take aspirin or another blood thinner with it. Valerian is helpful for sleep and anxiety, but it may cause insomnia, upset stomach and irregular heart beat in some people. Kava has been linked with a few reports of liver disease. ...Read more
I want to take another valerian root capsule but it kinda makes me itch so im scared taking more might give me a bad reaction, what should I do?
Stop!: If valerian makes you "itch, " you could be allergic to it. . . Please stop taking it. ...Read more
Medicines for teens: Melatonin is a natural hormone used to help induce sleep, especially helpful when it comes to jet lag. This has been studied in children and found to be safe. There is no way to overdose. Valerian root is an herbal medicine. I am not aware of any study to show its safety in children. It is used for anxiety and insomnia but its effectiveness is not clear. I would not suggest using it. ...Read more
Mostly: If you are not taking other medications and use proper doses, these may be safe. Both are sedating and can cause reactions or possible allergy. Valerian root may cause disturbed dreams and other side effects. Kava has been associated with liver toxicity which may be due to the wrong part of the plant being used. Use trusted sources that use the right part. Kava root not stem or leaf. ...Read more
For what purpose?: If you are using it daily for stress reduction or as a sleep aid, it is probably more useful to figure out why you are having these problems. Then you can learn to manage without external supplements. While valerian root is probably not bad for your physical health at recommended doses, it may be interfering with developing coping and stress management skills. ...Read more
Yes: But the valerian root is worthless and a waste of your money. Who knows what harm it could to to you? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more
Drugs. Com says using: St. John's wort together with valerian root, though they are both natural, may cause dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, or some impairment in thinking and judgment. Avoid or limit use of alcohol while being treated with these. Avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how they affect you. It is important to discuss with your doctor. Best regards. ...Read more
Careful: The problem with herbals is the unpredictability of the concentration of active ingredients. You will have to follow the instructions in the package in order to not incur in overdose.Never expect (in this case, antianxiety) effects to be as predictable and comparable as with synthetic, concentrated medication agents, since the latest are normally more potent, reliable, specific in terms of effects. ...Read more
Herbals & zopiclone: Always review any meds or supplements with your prescribing doctor. In general, valerian and/or melatonin are safe herbal remedies. Melatonin should not be taken above 5mg, as this can actually cause activation (the opposite of the intended effect). Hope this helps & don't forget to check with ur doc :) ...Read more
No harm: Those two can provide complementary since valerian root is a mild herbal tranquilizer and melatonin can help fall asleep. There are no negative interactions between these two. ...Read more
Valerian Root: This product has been linked to significant liver injury in people with normal livers. It had also been associated with kidney injury. It is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women. Since you already have fatty liver, it would be prudent to avoid valerian root. Any medications should be reviewed with your physician. ...Read more
Yes: First, they act through similar means so there is not a good reason to take both and there is a good reason NOT to take valerian root. It might not be what the label says it is AND if it is, it will have effects on liver metabolism of zoloft (sertraline). The elevation of zoloft (sertraline) and the same action of valerian in theory can trigger serotonin overload (serotonin syndrome). ...Read more
Is valerian root addictive as an antidepresant? And also does it have any tolerance like xanx? Thanks
Valerian root is a potent drug for helping with sleep. There can be side effects and allergies as with any drug, but metallic taste is not one of them. Other meds may cause this.
As for your sleep problem, concider seeing a sleep specialist for evaluation to evaluate your sleep problem, especially for sleep apnea. Fatigue and acid reflux are associated with sleep apnea. ...Read more
I have trouble sleeping and I was considering taking Valerian root? Is there a downside to doing so? Are there any side effects?
Valerian: Hi, the side effects include headache, irritability and sluggishness in the morning for some people, have you tried sleep hygiene, like: No TV in bedroom, no book in the bed, use bedroom just for sex and sleep, leave the bed if you don't fall asleep after 15-30 min, try to watch a calming movie, reading a relaxing book, have a cup of warm milk, do not exercise late at night, etc. ...Read more
Effexor (venlafaxine) + Valerian: This is controversial, since valerian is sedating and can add to this aspect in many antidepressants. I've had patients who found Effexor (venlafaxine) sedating, especially at doses below 150mg (where it inhibits ne reuptake, not just serotonin like at lower doses). So depending on your experience with Effexor (venlafaxine) i'd be careful and work with my doctor. There aren't any specific interactions between these 2. ...Read more