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I would: inquire from the school in question. I suspect that different schools have different policies. Take care. ...Read more
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
St. John's Wort: St. John's wort is a botanical medicine which has been used extensively in germany and other european countries for depression and anxiety, and studied & used in the us as well. Multiple studies and meta-analyses indicate it's as effective as tricyclic antidepressants and serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the short-term management of mild-moderate depression. However, not for more severe cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do any of these ease ADHD? I currently take adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) -
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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
This is an excellent: review: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/sjw-and-depression.htmGet a more detailed answer ›
St. John's Wort: The active constituents in st. John's wort -- hypericin and hyperforin -- appear to modulate the effects of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, and may inhibit reuptake of these neurotransmitters. The serotonin activities are thought to be the most important in in working with depression. Hyperforin also induces some cyp450 enzymes, leading to reduced concentrations of certain drugs. ...Read more
St johns wort for bipolar disorder? More depression episodes than manic...Nothing severe, will st johns wort be ok?
Go see your doctor: St john's wort is not effective in major depressive disorder although it may be fine in mild. However, in bipolar disorder, there is concern that it might bring out mania. Furthermore, st john's wort interacts & interferes w/many other meds so it's important that you always tell your doc everything that you're taking. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Safe to take GNC Natra Sleep with zoloft (sertraline)? Natra sleep has Passion flower, lemon balm, valerian root, chamomile, and L- Theanine in it. Safe?
Fat burners: Honestly, the best fat burner is cardiovascular exercise. Herbal supplements are not regulated by the fda which makes then potentially dangerous. I have personally taken care of several patients who have gone into acute liver failure as a result of taking herbal supplements for weight loss. Some even requires a liver transplant. Is it really worth it? Eat healthy and exercise. It's much safer. ...Read more
I believe in the traditional approaches to healthy eating from the pioneers adelle davis and frances moore lappe. Who are leaders now?
Alice Waters/Farmers: Ms. Lappe's daughter is carrying on the small planet movement. Doctors ornish and weil are well-known proponents of healthy eating. There are many outside north america. With the rising cost of food and possible problems with our food supply, there is a need for others. My approach is a la michael pollan, using local fresh foods as much as possible. I cook low-fat according to what is in season. ...Read more
I've read that st. John's wort + omeprazole reduces effectiveness of st. John's worth. Does taking 5htp and omeprazol decrease effectiveness of 5htp?
Not quite: St. Johns wort induces the liver cytochrome enzymes that metabolize Omeprazole -- cyp 3a4 and 2c19. This decreases the effectiveness of omeprazole. It sounds like you were thinking this is the other way 'round? Checking a couple of resources, i could not find evidence for any similar issue with 5htp and omeprazole. St. John's wort can induce metabolism of Omeprazole & many other medications. ...Read more
Supplements like: St John's Wort do not undergo rigorous laboratory testing, like psychiatric medications. Therefore, no one can tell you if it will work for major depression & anxiety. You are safer to consider meeting with a psychiatrist & being followed to be sure you are on the right medication & that is is working. Don't risk using something that has not been tested. ...Read more
Is it safe 2 use at johns wort w/a "super energy up" herbal supplement from vitamin shoppe? And if so how many mg of St. John's wort is ok take daily?
No way to know . . .: Unfortunately, in the States, dietary supplements such as herbal supplements etc are not regulated by 3rd party. So there's no guarantee of quality, much less safety & efficacy. With that said, St John's wort appears to be a safe herb (http://goo.gl/wNd0nD, http://goo.gl/VQsKpV & http://goo.gl/qeZLII) although I can't vouch for interactions & safety when used w/other supplements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer