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Is it okay to take over-the-counter anxiety medication (valerian root extract and hops extract) with azathioprine and mesalazine?
Are herbal remedies safe and effective? I wanted to try passion flower or valerian root for anxiety. I have never tried herbal remedies but thought they might be worth a try. I don't want to go on expensive, strong medication for anxiety.
Hello,: Hello, dr. San pedro ferraz already commented on valerian root. So I will address your question regarding passion flower. Passion flower is also known at passiflora incarnata. Passion flower extract is used as flavoring in foods and drinks. It was previously classified as an over-the-counter medication but was taken off the market in this country because of a lack of studies to demonstrate safety and benefits. Chemicals in the passion flower plant can help with insomnia and are calming. It can be used in tea or an extract. Side effects are not common but include thinking sluggishly, feeling tired, fast heart beat, nausea and vomiting. It should not be used in pregnancy or if breast feeding. If sedated, do not drive or use dangerous machinery. ...Read more
Is it safe to take kalms with zolift? Kalms is a anti stress herbal medication with velerian, hopps.?
Kalms + Zoloft (sertraline)?: Your "kalms" product does not even list the ingredients on it own web site. I had to check amazon. Com to find them. Valerian can theoretically inhibit the metabolism of zoloft (sertraline) if you take more than 1000 mg/day of valerian, and each tablet contains 45 mg valerian extract. I have no idea what parts of the plants they're using, etc. Bad label info, so I would stay away even if not on zoloft (sertraline). ...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
Yes, however...: Both ashwagandha and valerian are very safe. There are no known interactions but whenever one takes 2 herbs or medicines with similar actions there can be an additive or synergistic effect. Valerian is a sedative and helps people relax. While ashwagandha can be energizing, it can also be relaxing and sedating so taking both together can result in you being more sedated than taking either alone. ...Read more
For some, yes: For some people, valerian can help anxiety. But only a small number of studies have been done with a small number of patients. Http://tinyurl. Com/pzfvlhd overall, it lacked significant improvement in anxiety symptoms over valium or placebo. It may have better results as treatment of dysmenorrhea. Http://tinyurl. Com/q8a5qmb lack of standardization of products makes interpreting data difficult. ...Read more