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I have fibromyalgia and currently on melatonin, meloxicam, and zoloft (sertraline). Am I ok to take valerian root for sleep and stress?

I have fibromyalgia and currently on melatonin, meloxicam, and zoloft (sertraline). Am I ok to take valerian root for sleep and stress?

Probably: Valerian root works on the same brain receptors are valium but is much weaker. The other medications you mention do not crossreact with it. Caution, melatonin can cause abnormal menstrual cycles. I suggest you consult with a reputable naturopathic physician who prescibes appropriate diet, herbs, and supplements. Be careful. The fda regulates these as food and content labeling may be inaccurate. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Safe to take kava and valerian root?

Safe to take kava and valerian root?

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

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Is it safe to use valerian root daily?

Is it safe to use valerian root daily?

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

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How can you take valerian root fir sleep?

How can you take valerian root fir sleep?

Valerian: Valeriana officinalis can be used in a herbal tea blend, capsule or tablet. ...Read more

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Can valerian root be taken with roacutane pills?

Can valerian root be taken with roacutane pills?

Acutane: Has been associated causatively with ulceraive colitis. Valerian root is a mild sedative, usually used to help sleep. I would not advise this combination. ...Read more

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Can you take melatonin and valerian root together?

Can you take melatonin and valerian root together?

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

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Should I take valerian root tablets for my insomnia?

Should I take valerian root tablets for my insomnia?

Valerian: It can sooth anxiety and help doze off to sleep, but be careful if u r on other medications at same time, due to drug interactions. Best to consult your pharmacist and doctor first. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a 13 year old take valerian root?

Please tell me, could a 13 year old take valerian root?

Valerian root: As we dont know the long term effects of valerian root, i would not advise it for your child. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take st. John's wort and valerian root together?

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

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How do I know how much valerian root should I take for anxiety?

How do I know how much valerian root should I take for anxiety?

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

Dr. Randy Baker
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