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Old 04-11-2019, 09:58 AM #1
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Has anyone taken St John's Wort to help balance their moods?
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No. It is not anything I would take unless my psychiatrist recommended it. This is especially important since it may interfere/react with my medications. Also, I have bipolar disorder. St. John's Wort has been known to have antidepressant qualities. Antidepressants can push me into hypomania or full blown mania.
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My sister finds it helpful for mild unipolar depression. She does not take medication. I read that it is more helpful for mild-mod as opposed to severe but I'm no expert.

Always good to consult with a herbalist or naturopath because those herbal options can still be potent and they are not regulated by the FDA. Last time I checked they weren't anyway. And yes, as Bird Dancer pointed out, it could interact with other meds.
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Default Re: St John's Wort?

I tried it ages ago, and it didn't seem to do much for me.
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You have to be careful with it. Mixed with certain medications there are cases of people getting serotonin syndrome.
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You need to talk to your prescribing doctor about any natural remedies or supplements. There are a lot of things out there that will have adverse effects if taken with the wrong medication.
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I tried it many years ago. It made me manic. Please ask your doctor as others have advised.
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I tried it before I finally went on an anti-depressant. It didn't help any.
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