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Doctor insights on: Valerian Passion Flower

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Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

No single best: Just like there is no best single drug for anxiety, there is no single best herb. We are all unique biochemically and a drug or herb that might work great for one person may not help another at all. Of the 3 you mention kava causes the most side effects. You can try passion flower ; valerian to see which works better for you, but holy basil (tulsi), rhodiola and l-theanine are also worth trying. ...Read more

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How much of this valerian pill should I take. It has 450 mg valerian and 100 mg proprietary herb blend (hops, passion flower, lemon balm)?

How much of this valerian pill should I take. It has 450 mg valerian and 100 mg proprietary herb blend (hops, passion flower, lemon balm)?

None at all: You list conditions of "fatigue" and "dizziness" in your clinical findings. With these existing problems, I do not recommend taking valerian at all. ...Read more

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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.

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

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What's valerian for?

What's valerian for?

Valerian Root: Valerian root is used for sleeplessness, anxiety, as an antispamodic (abdominal cramps, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramping, ^ flatus & muscle spasm), congestion & fever. ...Read more

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Valerian and bisulepine - is it okay?

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

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How long does it ale valerian to leave your system?

How long does it ale valerian to leave your system?

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

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How do I know if i need help for a valerian overdose?

How do I know if i need help for a valerian overdose?

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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Why do I feel nervous all the times? Is there something to treat it? Could valerian work?

See below: Anxiety can be due to countless number of reasons. With the info provided here, all i can recommend is to see your doc to talk. ...Read more

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Why we combine kava with valerian?

Why we combine kava with valerian?

Not used together: As a matter of fact they should not be used together as there is a drug interaction If used together it can cause dizziness,drowsiness,and difficulty concentrating.And in some impairs thinking and judgement ...Read more

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Can I take ashwaghanda and valerian together?

Can I take ashwaghanda and valerian together?

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

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Can you take kolonopin and valerian tea?

Can you take kolonopin and valerian tea?

Yes in Moderation: Klonopin (clonazepam) is a low potency longer half-life sedative hypnotic that acts at the GABA receptor in the brain. Some suspect valerian has similar mechanism. If it is indeed the case then you run the risk of potential synergism whereby the effects of one increases the others potency. Thus, be judicious to assess your sensitivity. Luckily, benzodiazepines do not cause respiratory depression, per se. ...Read more

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Is there really no issue for teenagers to take melatonin or valerian root?

Is there really no issue for teenagers to take melatonin or valerian root?

Medicines for teens: Melatonin is a natural hormone used to help induce sleep, especially helpful when it comes to jet lag. This has been studied in children and found to be safe. There is no way to overdose. Valerian root is an herbal medicine. I am not aware of any study to show its safety in children. It is used for anxiety and insomnia but its effectiveness is not clear. I would not suggest using it. ...Read more

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Can valerian cause depression?

Possible: Valerian affects the GABA receptor system in the brain which can help with anxiety and insomnia. Large doses or long term use can cause a feeling of mental dullness or mild depression. Xanax (alprazolam) has the same effect on the body. Since they are both central nervous system depressants, they should not be used together. ...Read more