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Can st. John's wort work for depression?

Can st. John's wort work for depression?

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. ...Read more

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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Could st john's wort work for major depression and anxiety?

Could st john's wort work for major depression and anxiety?

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

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Do St. John's wort work for anxiety?

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Do St. John's wort work for anxiety?

St. John's wort: It is likely effective for mild depression, possibly also for menopausal symptoms, but not as effective for social anxiety, based on research data. Not enough evidence on its effectiveness for other anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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St johns wort for bipolar disorder? More depression episodes than manic...Nothing severe, will st johns wort be ok?

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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 more

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

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

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 more

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Can I take st johns wort for depression with HIV meds?

Can I take st johns wort for depression with HIV meds?

Depends: It depends on which HIV meds. Some protease inhibitors do have a major interaction with st john's wort. ...Read more

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Can the medicine st johns wort work?

Can the medicine st johns wort work?

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 more

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Can I combine St. Johns Wort tea and Rhodiola Rosea?

Can I combine St. Johns Wort tea and Rhodiola Rosea?

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

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Can I use st johns wort instead of antidepressants?

Can I use st johns wort instead of antidepressants?

St John's wort: "A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity." REF: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/sjw-and-depression.htm. However, many studies are from ...Read more

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Can GABA and st johns wort be combined?

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GABA: No direct harmful effect that I am aware of. ...Read more

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Can i take st. Johns wort and 5-htp together?

NO: They accentuate each other. Speak to a physician before starting either one. Exercise may be better. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can st john's wort help with mild depression?

Can st john's wort help with mild depression?

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. ...Read more

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Is Saint johns wort safe to take everyday for mild depression/anxiety?

St Johns Wort: must be given under close medical supervision to avoid potentially life threatening side effects like serotonergic syndrome. Do not take with other OTC meds without consulting your doctor. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on st. John's wort for depression?

What is your opinion on st. John's wort for depression?

Positive: Sjw may be helpful in some cases of mild depression. You may need more treatment interventions if your depression is severe. ...Read more

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Have you used st. John's wort to treat social anxiety disorder?

Have you used st. John's wort to treat social anxiety disorder?

Yes: St johns wort has benefits similar to prescription ssris. The thing to keep in mind is: 1. Best outcomes are when therapy accompanies medication, 2. With herbal meds you get varied results - different brands, potency, consistency, crops, lots. The potency of stjw in general, is also less. I recommend you discuss this with your physician to help monitor progress and check interractions. ...Read more

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

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

St. John's wort: Works ok for few no. Of patients with mild symptoms who can't tolerate or choose not to take antidepressants. ...Read more

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Could st john wort help with anxiety and stress?

Could st john wort help with anxiety and stress?

Might help but: Unfortunately there is standardization of amount of active ingredient in almost all herbal remedies including St John Wort. Far better to start out with a psychiatrist or psychologist who can help you reorganize your life to reduce or eliminate anxiety & stress. SJW can never do that.. ...Read more

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