I would like to know more about St. Johns Wort? Has any one tried it???

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   Posted 2/13/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
    Hi. I'm new here and I have G.A.D. with depression. I was on Paxil and zaxnac....(can't spell) for a while , a couple of years ago , and did not like the side effects:weight gain,irratability,having no emotions......So I "WEANED" myself off of both of them and I was fine for 2 years. Then I started to have the "symptoms" again and my doc. wants me to take prozac sad I don't want to take the drug because of all of the side effects with S.S.R.I.'s. I also noticed that I was P.M.S. ing when I was feeling those "symptoms" and I felt better the day after I started my period. Also i believe I have S.A.D.......Any responce would be app.  Thanks

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   Posted 2/13/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I wanted to know if anyone here took St. Johns Wort??

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   Posted 2/13/2007 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Nope, don't take it personally. One thing I will quickly say though. If you do start any antidepressants, don't take st. John's wart with them. They can have some funky reactions to each other or something.

Tbh, I know little about St John's wart except for that. I generally just cope with side effects of meds.

Hope someone can give you some better info though.

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   Posted 2/13/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 2/13/2007 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I did read about an older post here that a memeber put up about St. Johns Wort but it was on 10/25/05.....I don't know if this member is still a member or not. I just wanted to know which "company" she was receving it from and how much of it to take. If anyone has any info. about herbal remedies so I don't end up taking this poison..(prozac) again tomorrow....please let me know........Thankyou

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   Posted 2/14/2007 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Feather,
I haven't tried st johns wort as I take the contraceptive pill and was told by my GP that taking the 2 together can make the pill less effective....i didnt want to risk that!
I once took prozac and had no side effects from that med at all, everyone is different when it comes to taking anti depressants.  What suits one, doesnt suit another.  Talk to your doctor about the st johns wort and see what he thinks.  If you are feeling very depressed, an anti depressant would be best for you.  I can understand your concerns about the side effects but if you do feel you are suffering with side effects, they do only usually last a couple of weeks.
I take effexor for my depression and anxiety and I did have a few side effects at the start and these disappeared after a couple of weeks and the med has really helped me.
Hope you gat some help from your doc when you go for your appt.  Let us know how it goes and the outcome.
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   Posted 2/14/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't taken it myself, but I know quite a few people who have success with St. John's Wort for mild depression and anxiety. Anything more than that should be treated with antidepressants because St. John's Wort has not been proven in clinical studies to be effective for moderate to severe depression.

Also, in the U.S., it is a dietary supplement and unregulated. Tests from consumer non-profits have shown the tablets can have anywhere from 5-150% of the labeled dose and content.
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