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 Post subject: St. John's Wort
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:08 pm 
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Does anyone have any experience taking St. John's Wort? My anxiety/depression has been out of control lately, to the point where I've been considering going on anti-depressants (which I am really against for me personally). I started taking St. John's Wort a few weeks ago and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. I don't seem to have any negative side effects, and I haven't noticed a drastic change in my mood. However, I'm also really bad about remembering to take it regularly. I was wondering if anyone else had taken it and what their experience was with it. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: St. John's Wort
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:34 pm 
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Are you taking any other drugs?

If you go on anything, it is suggested to quit the SJW. Otherwise, it is probably fine. Make sure you have a balanced diet. I am no expert at all but in my experience SJW messes with lots of stuff and hasn't been clincally proven to work outside of mild depression.

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 Post subject: Re: St. John's Wort
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:41 pm 
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i don't know much about it, but i do know that if you are on hormonal birth control, it makes the birth control unsafe - so if you're on that, use condoms from now on and consult your doctor on whether you should continue or not, since you can't really rely on the BC anymore..


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 Post subject: Re: St. John's Wort
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:52 pm 
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It also interacts with antiretrovirals, immunosuppresants anda bunch of other medications.

Also, there are safety concerns if there are any of a number of other (mental) health issues at play (including major depression).

Can I ask why you're against anti-depressants?

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 Post subject: Re: St. John's Wort
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:58 pm 
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Yeah---I always just say SJW should not be combined with anything. It's easier.

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 Post subject: Re: St. John's Wort
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:48 pm 
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i tried SJW a million years ago before eventually i got put on anti depressants. all i remember is you had to take a very large amount of huge pills everyday and for me personally it did nothing.

i respect whatever your reasons are for not taking anti-depressants but they can be helpful. if you're completely and utterly against them you way want to try therapy by itself.
anti depressants have helped me over the years. i should probably be in therapy but part of my anxiety problems is basically not being able to pick up the phone and call.

good luck finding whatever works for you.

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