st johns wort dangers
Before You Take St Johns Wort Supplements ...
Although St Johns Wort has been shown to have less side effects
than conventional antidepressants, there are some St Johns Wort
dangers you should be aware of.
St Johns Wort has been found to interfere with some prescription
medicines so there are some St Johns Wort dangers you should know
St Johns Wort Dangers
Studies published in the Lancet and the British Medical Journal
have shown that St Johns Wort speeds up the breakdown of medicines
in the body, leading to lower levels of the drugs in the blood.
This can be a possible danger of taking St Johns Wort.
It can also interfere with brain chemicals.
More About St Johns Wort Dangers
Because of this, the British government have issued these guidelines
and advice on the use of St Johns Wort (list of dangers is not exhaustive):
* Don't take St John's Wort if you are on the pill.
* If you are using prescription medicines, see your doctor for
* If you have HIV, don't use St John's Wort.
* Don't take St John's Wort if you are taking antidepressants or
treatments for migraine. If you take St John's Wort already, mention
it on your next visit to your doctor.
* St Johns Wort can interact with other drugs you might be taking.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking St John's Wort
if you plan to take any other medicine or supplement. This is especially
important if you plan to take any prescribed medicine.
Check with your doctor first. This is very
important. Many people think that, just because St Johns Wort is
a natural herb, it means it's safe to take. But as you can see from
the list above, this is definitely not the case.
In essence, because of the possible dangers / side effects, 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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