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St. John's Wort/Dextromethorphan Interaction?

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Old 04-10-2004, 12:18 AM   #1
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Red face St. John's Wort/Dextromethorphan Interaction?

I take St. John's Wort - the herb supplement - for anxiety/depression and I was reading about it's potential to interact with dextromethorphan - found in cough medicines/syrup. It says it can cause serotonin syndrome. I didn't know about this before I took two teaspoons of Robitussin DM - with dext. being the active ingredient - earlier and now I'm feeling quite strange. Headaches, a little derealised, confused, nauseous, jittery, tingley, sad, weak, slight chest pain every once in a while. It's taking alot of strength just to get up out of this chair. Is this normal or am I experiencing an interaction? Should I be worried? I also take Valerian Root.

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Re: St. John's Wort/Dextromethorphan Interaction?

Wow, good thing you read the label.

I would skip the valerian root tonight. I think you're having a bit of anxiety. Drink a few glasses of water to keep hydrated and stay awake for a while.

How are you feeling now?

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