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Valerian Side Effects
Probably not: Few adverse events to valerian have been reported. Large doses may result in stomach ache, apathy, and a feeling of mental dullness or mild depression. Tranquilizer properties may cause dizziness or drowsiness. In rare cases it may cause an allergic reaction. Central nervous system depression; should not use other depressants, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, opiates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor 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
I have trouble sleeping and I was considering taking Valerian root? is there a downside to doing so? are there any side effects?
Valerian: Hi, the side effects include headache, irritability and sluggishness in the morning for some people, have you tried sleep hygiene, like: No TV in bedroom, no book in the bed, use bedroom just for sex and sleep, leave the bed if you don't fall asleep after 15-30 min, try to watch a calming movie, reading a relaxing book, have a cup of warm milk, do not exercise late at night, etc. ...Read more
Usually self correct: Hyper ventilation causes a reduction in c02 levels, and a change in acid -base balance in your blood stream. For which reason your brain over rides your control and blacks out. You may need to talk to your primary care doc, if you are feeling this a lot. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Kalms (Valerian): I admire your interest for Health. Kalms contains Hops, Valerian root and Gentian root and is a herbal medicine used for the relief of symptoms of stress. Its side effects can be Nausea Abdominal cramps Headache Uneasiness Excitability Insomnia. Few people feel sluggish in the morning after taking Valerian, at higher doses. It’s best not to drive or operate dangerous machinery after taking it. ...Read more
None but…: Many individuals find melatonin an effective sleep aid. It is a hormone produced by the brain that contributes to the normal sleep-wake cycle. It is available in the us as an over-the-counter supplement that may help with certain sleep disturbances and with management of seasonal affective disorder. Side effects are minimal, but may include headache, nausea, vivid dreams, and irritability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have been taking melatonin to help me sleep since I've quit smoking. Been taking 6 mg of melatonin a night for 23 nights but heard that's
really bad. Am I able to just stop and minimize the side effects? I have noticed mood changes like crazy (super excit
Some people have: paradoxical (opposite than expected) effects from Melatonin, including agitation, nightmares and, yes, sleeplessness--the very thing you take it for... (How are you quitting smoking? I wonder if your treatment for that has anything to do with your sx's?) Stopping is OK. Try other OTC sleep aids--Valerian Root, Benadryl, herbal teas, etc. http://insomniactive.com/safe-melatonin-dosage/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Agree w Dr. McGee: With the Ana Boot Camp Diet would anticipate possible side effects like malnutrition, fatigue, overly rapid weight loss, dizziness, low energy level, loss of large % of muscle mass – including heart muscle, problems with sleep, electrolyte imbalances, cold sensitivity, depression, paranoia etc. It may also be the start of a pattern of unhealthy eating. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable effects: Different people have different tolerances for foods like onions, even though they're very nutritious (as per dr. Fowler)! eat them ; you'll be getting lots of flavonoids including quercetin that help your immune system http://tinyurl.Com/kfpegph several servings a week can decrease risk of cancer. To specifically decrease oral ; esophageal cancer risk, eat 1/2 cup/day in some form. Bon appetit! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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