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Re:St.John's Wort terra miller

Posted by Shirley 2 on June 3, 2001, at 6:22:39

In reply to Re:St.John's Wort Shirley 2, posted by terra miller on June 2, 2001, at 22:01:51

Terra,

I have anxiety and depression and it worked instantaneously for both. Of course, YMMV.

I started off with 150mg due to my sensitivity to meds and that was great for two days. However, yesterday, I definately needed some more, so I took another 150mg in the afternoon and felt fine instantly. The only drawback - I didn't sleep well last night but hopefully by taking the entire dose in the morning, that side effect will disappear.

The typical dose is 900mg a day so I am nowhere near that yet. I'll keep letting my body tell me what it needs.

I saved the best for last:)) Does my p-doc know? Not yet but I'll leave a message with him tomorrow
so he doesn't feel blindsided when I see him next week.

During my last visit, he had prescribed Luvox, which I really didn't want to take so I can imagine he'll be pissed at first. Then I'm sure he'll remind me that St. John's Wort interacts with certain drugs but I have done my homework in that area and as far as I can tell, I'm ok with Adderall and Remeron.

But in spite of the complaints I have about him, one good thing I do like is if something works as the result of my experimentation,no matter how unconvential it may be, he will go with it as long as it's medically safe. However, it's frustrating to me that I have to take matters into my own hand because he won't move off of SSRI land.

I'm curious, where did you read that it's not effective for minor depression? I thought that it's effectiveness in treating minor to moderate depression wasn't in dispute.

As far as whether it's effective for major depression, I just don't understand how a study co-sponsored by Phizer can be considered credible.
When I was reading about SJW, if I remember correctly, a study on its effectiveness made it into a British Medical Journal, where it's hard to get published. I can't remember if the study indicated that it worked for major depression but it definately was effective for minor and moderate situations.

Terra, do you think your p-doc would be willing to let you try SJW? Normally, I would say try it on your own but I am not sure how it would interact with Wellbutrin. Therefore I don't want to say anything irresponsible.

Prozac, which I know definately interacts with it, has been completely out of my body since May 17, according to my P-Doc so I knew I was on safe grounds there. I have checked several sites and didn't see any negative interactions with Remeron and Adderall although I can't be 100% sure since I am not a doctor.

I have probably said way more than you wanted to know:)) But I hope that helps and if you have more questions, fire away. Let me know if you eventually decide to try SJW.

Shirley


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