Rhodiola - dose - alcohol consumption - interaction with contraceptive pill?

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charliesays
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   Posted 8/7/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I am interested in taking Rhodiola - I did try it a few years back and it worked well but I can't remember what dose I took.
 
I have recently split from my boyfriend and I am getting panic attacks as well as aching shoulders and lack of sleep so plan to try taking it again.
 
When is best to take it?  Amount and time of day?  With or without food?
 
I also remember reading somewhere that if you planned to drink alcohol then not to drink for about 6 hours after taking it - is this true?  What happens if you do drink alcohol on it?  Anyone know?
 
Also - St. John's wort affects the woring of the contraceptive pill so does Rhodiola do the same or have there not been any studies?
 
Hope you can help
 
Many thanks

els
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   Posted 8/7/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi charlie, Welcome to healing well forum, we are happy to have you join us here.  I havent taken Rhodiola but I did many years ago take St John's Wart (without success).  I would suggest making a call to your doctor or local health clinic and asking about these questions.  The biggest thing to remember is that though these are herbs they still can be dangerous and need to be managed properly...especially if your already taking other medication(s).

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Sunnivara
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   Posted 8/7/2007 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Charlie.

In this book:

...the author suggests starting with 100mg rhodiola rosea first thing in the morning. After a few days you can add another 100mg if necessary then wait a few more days to see how you feel. Repeat up to a max of 400mg/day. Stop at the min dose you feel it's working well. There is no advantage to taking more than what works well. More than that will not work better.

The best time to take it is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, at least 1/2 hour before breakfast. You can also split the dosage between 1/2 hour before breakfast and 1/2 hour before lunch. It's not recommended to take it any later than lunch time or it might keep you awake at night.

I have had alcohol while taking rhodiola, but not within 6 hours of each other since I take my rhodiola first thing in the morning and don't drink until evening. I've had no adverse effects other than the alcohol seems to totally negate the benefits of the rhodiola. My mood and energy levels are down the next day, so it's kind of a waste of the rhodiola. I wouldn't recommend combining the two.

charliesays
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   Posted 8/8/2007 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Hiya, thanks so much.  Have just ordered the book!

Yeah, I find anyway that alcohol makes me feel down the next day but alcohol is a depressant anyway so I'd expect that so it's probably that the rhodiola is working but the alochol is just making us feel down.

I took rhodiola a few years back with 5htp but I think the rhodiola will be enough itself.  I am presuming it won't affect my contraceptive pill so will start taking it.  My doc has prescribed temazepam for sleeping and librium for the anxiety but I am sure as soon as the rhodiola starts to work it will help me relax and the sleep problem will go too.

Thanks so much.  Can't wait to get the book!


Sunnivara
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   Posted 8/8/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
charliesays said...

I took rhodiola a few years back with 5htp but I think the rhodiola will be enough itself.  I am presuming it won't affect my contraceptive pill so will start taking it.  My doc has prescribed temazepam for sleeping and librium for the anxiety but I am sure as soon as the rhodiola starts to work it will help me relax and the sleep problem will go too.

 


Taking 5-htp and magnesium before bed should help you sleep. Just be sure the magnesium is good quality or you might have to get up in the night to visit the bathroom! Stay clear of cheap magnesium oxide. It almost always gives the runs. I use magnesium citrate and have no problem with it.
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