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Valerian Root Take
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
Yes: it should be fine and is actually a good choice ...Read more
I'm currently breastfeeding my 9 month old. Having trouble sleeping and anxiety. Is Valerian root safe to take at night? Baby doesn't nurse at night.
Not recommended: Herbal products are not regulated and often contain other substances in addition to the herb listed. It is not recommended to be used while breast feeding, but it is not an absolute contraindication. Have you spoke with your doctor about your symptoms? An Rx like hydroxyzine may work well for you and is safe for children. ...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
Is it safe to take valerian root every night to help me sleep? It helps a lot but i don't want to take it daily if not safe.
Like many natural products, research is limited, but a fair amount of research has been done and as far as is known valerian is quite safe and there are no (as of yet) known problems with long-term use. It is certainly far safer than pharmaceutical alternatives. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/valerian-healthprofessional/
also see http://bit.Ly/19qotkw for other suggestions to help sleep. ...Read more
Not a good plan: Cymbalta (duloxetine) and valerian root can both be toxic to your liver, so combining them would not be a good idea. Also some sources indicate potential cytochrome interactions between these 2, so that there may be changes in how your body clears these substances when used together. If tapering your Cymbalta (duloxetine) and having difficulty, please speak with your doctor. ...Read more
Can you tell me is it ok to take valerian root orally if you have various types of grass allergies?
Typically yes: Typically there is not cross reactivity. Altough valerian root is a natural root substance there does not appear cross reaction with grass. ...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 more
I was just prescribed lexapro (escitalopram) (10mg) and took it for the first time today. Is it safe to take valerian root pills at night for restful sleep?
Can i take valerian root for sleep while taking refalen, instaflex, adderall, and Buspar (buspirone) ?
Don't: You are already on too many prescription drugs to be self-medicating. Please speak to your doctor about why you are having trouble sleeping before adding more pills.. Maybe there is a different solution not involving pills. ...Read more
Can i take valerian root tea to sleep? I take Zoloft (sertraline) in the morning and clonazepam around noon
Why not clonazepam: Later in the day, closer to bedtime? Especially if you are sleepy in the daytime? Clonazepam is a good sedative, more potent than valerian root. I don't know your detailed history but you may want to discuss with your doctor. Make sure he/she knows you have daytime sleepiness and hard time with sleep at night. ...Read more
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
Is it safe to take valerian root capsules and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together? Had to stop taking my prescription sleep aid bc it gave me unusual thoughts...
Sleep aids: It usually is not recommended to take an antihistmine with valerian. In addition long term useofvaleriakn may cause heart palpatations and liver disease. ...Read more
Yes: There is no major interaction between the two. ...Read more
I want to take another valerian root capsule but it kinda makes me itch so im scared taking more might give me a bad reaction, what should I do?
Stop!: If valerian makes you "itch, " you could be allergic to it . . . Please stop taking it. ...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
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
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
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