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Valerian Root Zoloft
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
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
Yes: It should be fine and is actually a good choice ...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
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
Safe to take GNC Natra Sleep with zoloft (sertraline)? Natra sleep has Passion flower, lemon balm, valerian root, chamomile, and L- Theanine in it. Safe?
Should be ok: It should be ok to take two together - could not find interaction. ...Read more
Is passionflower ok to take with Zoloft (sertraline) 150mg, its a calm drink which has valerian, passionflower and chamomile in it? No harmful clashes?
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?
Is valerian safe to take with zoloft (sertraline)? Anxiety is very bad at night and I don't want to take ativan every night for fear of addiction.
Valerian: I can think of no harmful effects from the conbination. ...Read more
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
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
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 ›
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
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
I have taken 0.25mg of Ativan (lorazepam) at 5pm today, and at 10pm I've taken Valerian Root. Could anything serious happen to me? Should I look for an ER?
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
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
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
Is valerian root addictive as an antidepresant? And also does it have any tolerance like xanx? Thanks
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
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?
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
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
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