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St Johns Wort Side Effects

St Johns Wort is a herbal remedy which has been used for over 2,400 years as a natural antidepressant.

 

In fact, many medics say that it has far fewer side effects than common SSRI antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil/Seroxat, & Zoloft (depression medicine).

But!!!

There are several St Johns Wort Side Effects that you should be aware of...

St Johns Wort Side Effects

St Johns Wort Side Effects can include*:

  • Fatigue. This is of particular concern to ME/CFS sufferers who already suffer from persistent exhaustion.

  • Interaction with other drugs especially antidepressants. In fact medical professionals advise that St Johns Wort should not be taken if you are already taking antidepressants.

  • Skin rashes

  • Stomach aches

  • Increased sensitivity to strong sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light such as sun beds. In essence, medical professionals advise to avoid strong light when you take St Johns Wort.

* The above list of St Johns Wort side effect s is not exhaustive

Apparently, St Johns Wort can also have negative effects on certain types of people. You can find out more about this here...

Before You Take St Johns Wort, Talk To Your Doctor

The best thing you can do, as with taking any new substance for the first time, is to approach it cautiously. It's a good idea to read as much information as you can about St Johns Wort; talk to your doctor before you take it; and start slowly with a low dosage.

st johns wort dangers In essence, you should not take St Johns Wort until you have checked with your doctor that it is safe to do so.

 

 

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