Is It Safe To Take Valerian Root With Citalopram?

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Asked by Jackie

Is It Safe To Take Valerian Root With Citalopram?

Hi there, I have been prescribed 10mg of Citalopram to help with "Adjustment Disorder" and "G.A.D." I also get bouts of depression. I have also been prescribed Propranolol, 80mg (beta blocker I believe?) is this ok to take if there are "big" bouts of anxiety, ie as and when needed? I don't want to be on too much of a coctail and want to know that what I am feeling is actually me and not some side effect. As someone who would much rather use natural methods, I was wondering if it would be safe to take Valerian tincture in the evening to help with rest and sleep, whilst taking Citalopram? Many thanks for your help, Jackie

Answer

Hi Jackie

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.