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Can I Take St John S Wort With 5 Htp
Yes you can, but: I'm more concerned about the "chest pain, chest pressure, and difficulty breathing" you've also mentioned? Those don't generally respond to st. John's wort or chamomile, unless they're for sure related to anxiety (which they can be). Many people take chamomile as a tea, and st. John's wort as a standardized extract or capsule. Regardless, please follow closely with your doctor. ...Read more
Might reduce benefit: St. John's wort interacts with over 600 different drugs! it can increase the rate your liver metabolizes Omeprazole & thus might lower its levels, reducing effectiveness, but may not reduce it very much. I don't know why you are taking Omeprazole but i'm not a big fan of using it for very long- it can cause serious problems! see http://www.Naturalnews.Com/036336_ppis_acid_reflux_side_effects.Html. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not advisable: St John's Wort is a flowering plant of the species Hypericum perforatum. It contains a substance that acts like an SSRI, similar to Prozac or Zoloft (sertraline). SJW has the same problems that all herbal or "natural" compounds have - the concentration of the active ingredient is unknown, and such compounds are often heavily contaminated with aspirin-like compounds, or worse (e.g., heavy metals). ...Read more
Used for two differ: ent things. St. Johns Wort is a mild antidepressant and works to calm the nervous system, whereas ginkgo biloba is a mental stimulant. So you wouldn't want to use both together or it may negate each others effects. Speak to your doctor to determine which one you may need now to help with symptoms that are more prevalent. Do you want to be more anxious, or more calm? Two different feelings. ...Read more
I take wellbutrin (bupropion) and an ssri, but don't want the ssri anymore. Can i take wellbutrin (bupropion) with a natural supplement like st. John wort, sam-e, or other?
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
Interaction: using them together can cause your diltiazem level to decrease. discuss with your pcp and if your BP is well controlled MAYBE you can add a little st johns wort and see if it goes up. another option would be to choose an antidepressant medication that has no interaction. st johns wort can be effective but its hard to know if you are getting the same dose each time... ...Read more
I wouldn't: St. John's wort may have at least weak maoi activity, such that any increases in neurotransmitters resulting from the stimulant could theoretically be boosted higher than expected. Other effects of sjw may be to induce other enzymes. I would not recommend combining these. Relatedly, one study using sjw alone with adhd showed it to be less effective than placebo. http://tinyurl.com/k38hd5e. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Take Xanax (alprazolam) .5 mg & amitriptyline 12.5mg HS for sleep. Is it ok to take st johns wort in the morning to help with positive mood?
Mild to Moderate: Depressions are described as significantly relieved with the use of st. John's wort. This herbal does interact with some foods but there is no report of problems with the antiviral medication you mention. You should not have a problem, but read about possible items to avoid if you take sjw. http://www.drugs.com/cdi/st-john-s-wort.html best! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No interactions: There are no reported interactions between senna/ st john's wort. Most people use st john's wort to help with depression. My suggestion is you see a doctor for proper diagnosis/ treatment if you think you have a depression disorder. As for constipation, try to gradually increase fiber intake ( veggies, fruits) , water (~6-8 glasses per day), regular daily exercise is also helpful. Take care. ...Read more
Do any of these ease ADHD? I currently take adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) -
St John's Wort
Sounds like your: mind is racing like a machine gun through all these stimulating supplements that will not relax you, until you understand what is important with ADHD. What activity eases your mind? Meditation? Walking? Contemplation? Do more of these things, rather than ingest more supplements initially. See if these alone can help your mind from racing through thoughts. Then, when you add one thing at a time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I take alprazolam 0.50 when needed to (usually 2 to 3 times a month). Are there none interactions with that drug and st johns wort or 5-htp daily?
St. John's Wort may: decrease effects of Alprazolam; may interact with 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) to increase risk of a rare but serious condition called serotonin syndrome; and may interact with some foods. These interactions may mimic anxiety/panic attacks. Consult prescriber regarding all medications and supplements to determine what is best for your situation. Best regards for good health and well-being. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
5 HTP: Not advisable. You should consult with your prescribing doctor about medication changes. ...Read more
Well...: since it is normally present, it won't get out of the body. The body would make more. Assuming you've actually found some and the label is correct and taken it and it has gotten in in amounts that are noticeably higher than normally present.... it is cleared fairly rapidly like an amino acid and likely not even one day. ...Read more
Like all therapeutic agents 5-HTP can have a variety of side effects including nausea, fatigue, dizziness, diarrhea, low blood pressure etc. Such side effects are more likely to occur if you don't need it.
It can help anxiety and may boost effectiveness of Prozac but should be used with caution in those on anti-depressants as it could raise serotonin too much. See
https://tinyurl.com/y87jbpo5 ...Read more
I have been taking Effexore XR 75 for about ten years now and I am going through a difficult time in my life now; have no drive. Can I take 5 HTP too?
Need professional Rx: 5HTP has side effects, some of which are serious. If you are not scurrectly seeing a mental health professional, you need a referral to see one. Whether cognitive therapy or new medicines or a combination is needed, management needs to be directed by a physician experienced in the area ...Read more
Probably safe but...: There's no research on this but it's probably safe to take these together, in fact I'd expect a synergistic benefit. SAMe appears to increase serotonin levels; 5-HTP does that too so theoretically one might raise serotonin too much, but this is unlikely unless very high doses are taken. I would not start both together but take one for at least 3 weeks, then add the other, starting with low doses. ...Read more
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Stop the caffeine: If the anxiety is caused by caffeine, it is best to stop using it. 5 htp is not a quick onset supplement for anxiety. It has to be taken daily and will gradually build up to a therapeutic level in your body which can take weeks. If you are prone to anxiety, it is best just to stay away from the caffeine. If you are having serious physical symptoms from the caffeine. You should see a doctor. ...Read more
Yes: These should be fine together.Get a more detailed answer ›
Bad idea!: This combo has a fairly high risk for a very bad problem known as serotonin syndrome. Talk to your Dr. Don't start to take them on your own but if they've been prescribed and you've already started, don't just stop cold turkey. Get to a Dr as soon as possible to help correct this. ...Read more
Yes : You may safely take these together.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Yes, it is o.K if you have any medical conditions check with your physician. ...Read more
Yes: This is a bit tricky because both trazodone and 5-HTP increase serotonin levels and thus, high doses of these together could lead to serotonin syndrome, a dangerous condition. However, 50 mg is a very moderate dose of trazodone and 100 mg of 5-HTP is not a high dose, so this might have an effect similar to increasing trazodone to 75 mg or so which is a safe dose. ...Read more
Any oppositions to taking coq10 & 5-htp supplaments together? I have good BP & take cholesterol meds. Really need to improve mood & overall health.
CoQ10: Coq-10 is a good supplement when you are on statin drugs as these medications deplete your own production of coq-10. Coq-10 is "fuel" for your cells. All of your cells are dependent on this. A better alternative is to get ubiquinol, the active form of coq-10. It is better absorbed and more bioactive. Occasionally, it may cause thinning of the blood. Be careful if you are on blood thinners. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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