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Valerian Root And Parkinsons Medication
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 okay to take over-the-counter anxiety medication (valerian root extract and hops extract) with azathioprine and mesalazine?
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
Herbals & zopiclone: Always review any meds or supplements with your prescribing doctor. In general, valerian and/or melatonin are safe herbal remedies. Melatonin should not be taken above 5mg, as this can actually cause activation (the opposite of the intended effect). Hope this helps & don't forget to check with ur doc :) ...Read more
No harm: Those two can provide complementary since valerian root is a mild herbal tranquilizer and melatonin can help fall asleep. There are no negative interactions between these two. ...Read more
Mostly: If you are not taking other medications and use proper doses, these may be safe. Both are sedating and can cause reactions or possible allergy. Valerian root may cause disturbed dreams and other side effects. Kava has been associated with liver toxicity which may be due to the wrong part of the plant being used. Use trusted sources that use the right part. Kava root not stem or leaf. ...Read more
For what purpose?: If you are using it daily for stress reduction or as a sleep aid, it is probably more useful to figure out why you are having these problems. Then you can learn to manage without external supplements. While valerian root is probably not bad for your physical health at recommended doses, it may be interfering with developing coping and stress management skills. ...Read more
Yes: But the valerian root is worthless and a waste of your money. Who knows what harm it could to to you? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more
Drugs. Com says using: St. John's wort together with valerian root, though they are both natural, may cause dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, or some impairment in thinking and judgment. Avoid or limit use of alcohol while being treated with these. Avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how they affect you. It is important to discuss with your doctor. Best regards. ...Read more
Careful: The problem with herbals is the unpredictability of the concentration of active ingredients. You will have to follow the instructions in the package in order to not incur in overdose.Never expect (in this case, antianxiety) effects to be as predictable and comparable as with synthetic, concentrated medication agents, since the latest are normally more potent, reliable, specific in terms of effects. ...Read more
Valerian Root: This product has been linked to significant liver injury in people with normal livers. It had also been associated with kidney injury. It is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women. Since you already have fatty liver, it would be prudent to avoid valerian root. Any medications should be reviewed with your physician. ...Read more
Effexor (venlafaxine) + Valerian: This is controversial, since valerian is sedating and can add to this aspect in many antidepressants. I've had patients who found Effexor (venlafaxine) sedating, especially at doses below 150mg (where it inhibits ne reuptake, not just serotonin like at lower doses). So depending on your experience with Effexor (venlafaxine) i'd be careful and work with my doctor. There aren't any specific interactions between these 2. ...Read more
Safe, yes: Helpful? Probably not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: First, they act through similar means so there is not a good reason to take both and there is a good reason NOT to take valerian root. It might not be what the label says it is AND if it is, it will have effects on liver metabolism of zoloft (sertraline). The elevation of zoloft (sertraline) and the same action of valerian in theory can trigger serotonin overload (serotonin syndrome). ...Read more
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
Melatonin. . .: This is perfectly fine for you to try at night. Your real question pertains to potential drug interactions. Drug interactions are both studied and recorded for prescription medications. This knowledge is very important to us as physicians, when we are writing multiple prescriptions. However, there is significantly less data available on how one OTC medication/supplement might interact with another ...Read more
Is 100mg of valerian root safe to take at bedtime while taking 25mg of Zoloft (sertraline) daily?
Yes: It should be fine and is actually a good choice ...Read more