I have been meaning to answer your question for some time. I think what you are really asking for is a little emotional support in making such decisions and we want to give that to you. I am going to respond more fully later but did want to say that Paul is absolutely right to advise you to speak with your doctor and let him or her know what all you are taking or plan to take. That way they have this vital information on your medical chart.
Just real quick...I am all about taking supplements but one thing you should know is that supplements are not FDA regulated...they sometimes contain unatural fillers and sometimes even harmful ingredients. Just because it says "natural" doesn't mean a thing. You can experience adverse reactions from supplements and you can also experience harmful reactions between certain supplements and prescription medications.
I will be back to respond more fully...this is such an important topic. And I want to make sure that you get some support for what you are going through.
Hang in there.
Valerian appears to be, relatively, "safe". An adverse interaction, with Citalopram, is unlikely. An adverse interaction, with propranolol, is possible. Likelihood would depend on the individual and doses.
Valerian can cause problems if it's used in high doses, for extended periods and/or with depressants; benzodiazepines, opiates, barbiturates, alcohol et cetera.
Neither Citalopram nor propranolol are "safe".
I really think you should check with a doctor, preferably the one who has prescribed your drugs. They need to know of any new substance claiming medicinal qualities, which you begin using, along with your prescribed drugs. Sometimes your pharmacist can be of great help too.
It's better if you ask your doctor, or doctors, they need to know what you are taking along with what they prescribe, so they can advise you of any harmful effects, or possible reactions. It's why they ask when you come in, if you are taking any new medications.
In the end, it's up to us what we take, but the doctors should be made aware and given a chance to help.
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