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Well for starters, I was diagnosed with social anxiety and bipolar disorder awhile back. I was put on paxil and zoloft to treat it. Not only was the medication REALLY expensive but it also caused some nasty side effects. After reading an article in a magazine about the benefits of alternative medicine and cheap it is compared to prescription drugs, I decided to try St. Johns Wort and Kava Kava.
I've read a few posts in this board and the one that I'm concerned about the most is the one metioning St. Johns Wort lowering the effectiveness of birth control. I've been taking ortho tri cyclen for 3 years now. So is it really true that is lowers the effectiveness?
Also, I'm a little skeptical about it actually helping my disorders. Has anyone had any success with St. Johns Wort and Kava Kava? And how long before I actually feel a change?
I'm sorry for such a long post, but like I said, I'm new to all of this. [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif[/img]
Thanks in advance