Ive been taken st johns wort for two months now and i know you cant take it for ever you have to have a break but the doctor dosent know even though they except that it works, can any mumsnetters advise.
I used to take St Johns Wort and would take it for up to 6 months as a time, have a break of about 8 weeks and then start taking it again and I was absolutely fine.
I now take a supplement called 5HTP when I am feeling 'the need'. I find it to be more effective than the St Johns Wort so, if ever you find the St John's isn't having the desired effect then I can highly recommend it if you want to give it a go
PS You can actually take the 5HTP and the St Johns as a combined pill so rather than be without anything at all when you are having a break from the St Johns you could take the 5HTP. HTH
My dh has taken St John's Wort on and off since I've known him and it makes a huge difference to him - he's now at the stage of giving it a blitz for a couple of months when he needs it but has had quite long spells on it. Make sure you read up on the right concentration to take as a lot of the products available in Boots etc aren't strong enough. It does take a good few weeks to get into the system fully and have an effect.