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Can I Take St. John's Wort With Effexor?


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#1 In_Remission_maine

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 07:45 AM

Hi,

Im on 75 mg's of effexor XR. Can I take 300 mg's of St John's Wort with this?

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 02:20 PM

Only if your doctor is on board with this idea. It's generally a bad idea to mix herbal supplements with antidepressants unless you have someone who knows what they're doing monitoring you.
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Posted 11 November 2011 - 02:28 PM

No.


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Posted 11 November 2011 - 03:04 PM

St. John's Wort is no herbal tea. Last I heard it was actually an official recommendation for first-line treatment of depression in Germany -- this was shortly after they banned Prozac because of the suicidality issue.

maine: SJW may look like a herb and hence "natural", but it's as serious and as strong as a real medication that comes in a pill. It's just that americans don't know much about it, nor about its side-effects. Stick to what your pdoc gives you, dude.
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 01:59 AM

St. John's Wort and Effexor both impact serotonin which would put you in danger of serotonin syndrome. What you're asking is if you can take a second anti-depressant with your effexor...something only a pdoc could decide for you...and Dymphna and she said no...I'd believe her.
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