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Cipralex & Valerian: Cipralex is escitalopram (or Lexapro in the us). There are no direct interactions between it and valerian. Some studies do support valerian's effectiveness in insomnia; others do not (compared to benzodiazepines). You may need to use this regularly for up to 2 weeks to note effectiveness. Also, there are some cases of liver toxicity with long-term use -- these generally resolve with d/cing. ...Read more
Can I take valerian root at night before bed while taking 25mg Zoloft (sertraline) daily? Is it safe? Or are there interactions?
Be careful: As you say you'd be taking the Valerian at bedtime, the fact that the combo can cause drowsiness, inability to concentrate and dizziness may not be too disturbing - but it can also increase a risk of respiratory depression - so if you have any breathing issues I'd avoid it and if you feel even a bit of such problems cease use immediately. I'd try warm milk or a boring book instead. Best!. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can minoxidil topical for hairloss cause palpitations? Can i use 5-htp, valerian and melatonin along with it?(interactions?)
Surprisingly, maybe: The dose used on the scalp is at least the same milligram number as the usual oral dose. while it generally doesn't get it, with irritated or scratched scalp I wouldn't rule it out. AND if it gets in, the blood pressure will drop and this can cause palpitations.. 5ht, and valerian interact through seratonin but aren't likely to give much serotonin syndrome. ...Read more
Any interaction between using the herbs valerian roots and borago and taking antidepressants venlafaxine 37.5 (modified release) and risperidone?
Don't mix meds: Even though i specialize in natural medicine I do not have patients mix natural and pharmaceutical meds unless it is clear that there is no negative interaction. You are talking about two types of mood disorder treatments and i suggest that you do not mix them. One or the other, with guidance from a professional, is best. ...Read more
Are you using this: for sleep? We don't have bisulepine here and valerian root is often use to calm people down for sleep, and as a mild relaxer. This combo will make you very drowsy if that is your intent. Do speak with your doctor about this combination before taking it, so you are clear what your goals are in using it together. If used separately, it will make you drowsy.So not sure whether you need to combine it? ...Read more
Valerian half life: Many factors can affect the clearance of any drug or supplement from a person's system but after a single dose, Valerian will normally be cleared in 5 or 6 hours. Long term use of Valerian should be avoided due to risk of liver damage and dependency. ...Read more
Symptoms: Headaches, dizziness, itching, stomach cramping and diarrhea can all result from valerian overdose. Seek medical care if the symptoms are severe or last longer than expected. Because it is a supplement, it is not fda regulated so you may or may not be getting the listed dose. Let your doctors know you are taking it as it interacts with medicines such as barbituates and valium type drugs. ...Read more
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