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Can I take a sleep aid with valerian root with zoloft (sertraline)?

Can I take a sleep aid with valerian root with zoloft (sertraline)?

Slight issue: There are some in vitro and animal studies indicating that valerian could moderately inhibit one of the liver enzymes (cyp 3a4) necessary to process zoloft (sertraline). However, zoloft (sertraline) has multiple metabolic pathways so you should be okay if using less than 1000mg/day of valerian. Make sure your preparation is made from only the root, and not the whole plant. ...Read more

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Are there any serious concerns about mixing zoloft (sertraline) and valerian root?

Are there any serious concerns about mixing zoloft (sertraline) and valerian root?

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

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Can I take valerian root at night before bed while taking 25mg Zoloft (sertraline) daily? Is it safe? Or are there interactions?

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

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Can I take valerian root tea to sleep? I take Zoloft (sertraline) in the morning and clonazepam around noon

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

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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

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Is passionflower ok to take with Zoloft (sertraline) 150mg, its a calm drink which has valerian, passionflower and chamomile in it? No harmful clashes?

Is passionflower ok to take with Zoloft (sertraline) 150mg, its a calm drink which has valerian, passionflower and chamomile in it? No harmful clashes?

Passionflower: Not to be taken while pregnant, should help you sleep, no significant interaction with high dose zoloft (sertraline). Valerian may exacerbate dry mouth, may affect sleep. Avoid high doses of these supplements. ...Read more

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I just got some valerian tea because I've been having a hard time sleeping. Is it okay to have valerian tea 3 hours before taking 50mg zoloft?

I just got some valerian tea because I've been having a hard time sleeping. Is it okay to have valerian tea 3 hours before taking 50mg zoloft?

Valerian tea zoloft: I just got some valerian tea because I've been having a hard time sleeping. Is it okay to have valerian tea 3 hours before taking 50mg zoloft? ANS: Go to drugs. Com and look up interactions of this combo. ...Read more

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My teen was persribed Zoloft (sertraline) (50mg) for OCD by gp. Is it safe to stay on valerian (200) hops (100) and passionflower (100) as persribed by homeopath?

My teen was persribed Zoloft (sertraline) (50mg) for OCD by gp. Is it safe to stay on valerian (200) hops (100) and passionflower (100) as persribed by homeopath?

V. Risky: These three homeopathic meds you mention are all hypnotic and sedating, they also work on serotonin and may interact with zoloft (sertraline) leading to the well known serotonin syndrome which can be very serious. It is always "not a good idea" to have two professionals prescribe for the same problem (with rare exceptions). So wold suggest that you discuss all this with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Apparently 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

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Can valerian root herbal supplement get you high?

Can valerian root herbal supplement get you high?

Not heard of this.: It can help to calm one or to aid for sleep. ...Read more

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Can you take valerian root if you have fatty liver?

Can you take valerian root if you have fatty liver?

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

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Is valerian root good instead of clonopin for social anxiety?

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Is valerian root good instead of clonopin for social anxiety?

Anxiety: Valerian is good supplement, but not as potent as klonopin (clonazepam). ...Read more

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Is it safe to take valerian root pill if I already take effexor (venlafaxine)?

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

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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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Is it safe to take melatonin at night if I take 5-htp and Valerian Root during the day?

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

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Can I take the stack of solgar that contains 100mg 5-htp and 100mg Valerian root around 5pm and then take 3mg of Melatonin around 1am?

Can I take the stack of solgar that contains 100mg 5-htp and 100mg Valerian root around 5pm and then take 3mg of Melatonin around 1am?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...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 I take Valerian Root while on blood thinners?

Can I take Valerian Root while on blood thinners?

No: Used as hypnotic-why anyone in their right mind would put this in their body escapes me. If you can't sleep try a warm glass of milk or a warm bath. This stuff has no constant formula-has some valeric acid and other alkaloids. ...Read more

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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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Can melatonin, valerian root, and zopiclone be taken together?

Can melatonin, valerian root, and zopiclone be taken together?

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

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Will there be harm with taking melatonin together with valerian root?

Will there be harm with taking melatonin together with valerian root?

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

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Can valerian root and OTC sleep aid be taken together?

From drugs. Com: Management: during concomitant use of these drugs, patients should be monitored for potentially excessive or prolonged CNS and respiratory depression. Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination until they know how these agents affect them, and to notify their physician if they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effect. ...Read more

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Can I take valerian root while weaning off of cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Can I take valerian root while weaning off of cymbalta (duloxetine)?

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

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Is valerian root addictive as an antidepresant? And also does it have any tolerance like xanx? Thanks

Is valerian root addictive as an antidepresant? And also does it have any tolerance like xanx? Thanks

Not usually: But, have found St John's Wort to be a better anti-depressant. Valerian root seems to work a bit better for tension and anxiety, and may stabilize sleep. I do not think either is truly addictive, but tolerance may develop over time. ...Read more

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Insomnia for days and it's really irritating me. Would it be safe for me, a 16 year old, to take melatonin or valerian root?

Insomnia for days and it's really irritating me. Would it be safe for me, a 16 year old, to take melatonin or valerian root?

Safer to see Dr.: It would be much safer for you to see your physician, so that the reasons for your sleep disturbance can be determined and personalized help can be provided. Otherwise, you're just suppressing something that may need more care. Is it possible you're using stimulating substances -- either prescribed or otherwise? ...Read more

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Oral birth control and 530 mg valerian root capsule. Will the herb cancel out my birth control if I just take the herb at night?

Oral birth control and 530 mg valerian root capsule. Will the herb cancel out my birth control if I just take the herb at night?

Birth Control: Valarian root is an calming herb that I use to help people relax so they can get to sleep. This will have no effect on your birth control pills. ...Read more

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I am thinking of taking Marley's Mellow Mood. It has Valerian root in it. Is this safe? I hear conflicting things about valerian root and liver/kidney

I am thinking of taking Marley's Mellow Mood. It has Valerian root in it. Is this safe? I hear conflicting things about valerian root and liver/kidney

Not enough data...: Check out http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-870-valerian. Aspx? Activeingredientid=870, http://ods. Od.nih. Gov/factsheets/Valerian-HealthProfessional/ & http://umm. Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/valerian. Beware that dietary supplements have no 3rd part oversight unlike OTC & prescription medications. Quality varies greatly. Be sure to mention your supplements to your familydoc ...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.

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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Where can I get a valerian root?

Any green grocery: Any whole foods, organic grocery or on the internet. ...Read more

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How many valerian root capsules should I take I'm 19 and 190 pounds?

None: Why are you taking valerian root capsules? If you're having anxiety you should see a therapist or talk to your doctor. Valerian root is not FDA regulated so there is not a dose to suggest or prescribe. These are unregulated herbal substances usually sold at natural food stores. ...Read more

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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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