I’m not advocating that drugs don’t have there uses. I also will see my traditional doctor for something’s. And shore some herbs may have some side effects, but nothing compared to Zoloft. I have never heard of a herb that causes suicide. Zoloft does according to FDA 1 out 50 under 18 years or younger become suicidal. There must also be some in-between the no adverse reactions and suicide cases, who get mental issues from this drug.
If you choose to believe the many cases of violence and murder caused by users of Zoloft, Prozac and the like or not it is certainly in my book cause for concern. Just try a read the warnings given to healthcare professionals and what they should look out for it patients, its scary reading.
As Kava Kava has been mentioned in this thread, can it cause side effects? Yes. Where it is used traditionally they don’t suffer from liver problems. In the US and Europe there have been liver damage. It’s rare and some suspect it’s because it’s made differently in the US and Europe then traditionally. If you take it daily over years you likely will get a skin condition. Kava Kava as I see it is a stimulant and as such doesn’t have any health benefits. I would take it any day over Zoloft. Would I personally take it as a stimulant? No, but I also don’t drink alcohol (well I do but seldom). If I had the need to take it I would though.
I’m not going to quote the numbers of deaths caused by aspirin and the like, the numbers are so high you wouldn’t believe me anyway, so do your own research. The numbers of deaths by herbs are nothing compared to these numbers.
I’m also not advocating just taking anything the alternative market offers, certainly do your research. But also keep things in perspective. If a supplement causes a problem like say tryptofan did some years back. This was caused by a contaminated batch 10 years ago and it still has a bad reputation. In Denmark where I live it’s been banned ever since. But when Coca Cola releases a contaminated batch of soda’s with acid, do we ban soft drinks? Or if somebody dies from eating a chicken, should we ban chickens? Of cause not, but taking appropriate steeps to ensure good hygiene is a lesson learnt from salmonella in chickens.
Sorry for going on, I know we are all just trying to help with the knowledge, experiences and beliefs we have, but I do feel very strongly about this type of drug. And I will try to get back to the original question. It is suspected that St. John's wort may interact with Zoloft, and generally you should check with your health care professional before taking any other medicines with Zoloft. Whether the other herbs you mention fall in to this category or not we probably won’t come to an agreement here. So if you still want to take Zoloft, play it safe and check with your health care professional, this is a very powerful drug and don’t take any risks.