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If your taking Xanax, can you also take St John's wort or Valerian root

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Old 06-19-2008, 09:13 PM   #1
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If your taking Xanax, can you also take St John's wort or Valerian root

Hi, I'v read that if your taking an anti depressant or SSRI, you shouldn't take St Johns wort or Valerian Root.
But what if your just using a Benzo like Xanax or Klonopin.
Can you also take ST Johns wort, 5,HTP or Valerian Root.

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Old 06-20-2008, 08:24 PM   #2
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Re: If your taking Xanax, can you also take St John's wort or Valerian root

No, you shouldn't take Valerian with a benzo because it will increase the sedative effects of the benzo. As for the 5-htp, I'm not entirely sure, but I would think that it also would increase the sedative effects of the benzo because 5-htp can have a sedative effect in many people. I'm not really familiar much with St. John's Wort, though, so I can't comment on that. I've never taken it.

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Old 06-24-2008, 09:22 AM   #3
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Re: If your taking Xanax, can you also take St John's wort or Valerian root

I would be careful combining any of them. A word of caution on Valerian and St. John's Wort. There are independant labs that test supplements. They may test as many as 15 different brands for potency and purity. A number of brands of Valerian and St. John's Wort had less of the key ingredient than advertised. A few had contaminants.

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