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St Johns Wort.................Does it Work?

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HadToChangeMyNameAgain Sun 21-Sep-08 11:08:07

Has anybody used them and if so, did they have any affect whatsoever?

I have googled and have got lots of medical opinions, i just wondered if they had actually helped anyone through depression, or whether it is just a placebo.

Would really appreciate some advice on this.

I went to see the doctor about 4 months ago and he said that i didn't sound depressed, just pissed off! So i really don't want to go back to them but i still don't feel right. I have no energy whatsoever, i don't want to get out of bed most days, i am happy for DH to deal with the kids and although it sounds awful am not very interested in anything at the minute. Just feel so low. But then other days i can be absolutely fine.

I thought i'd get some over the counter see if they could help?

DrHorrible Sun 21-Sep-08 11:09:45

Yes. It had a great effect on DH (he then stopped taking it hmm). He isn't generally a believer but thought he may as well take it as I had spent money on it.

HadToChangeMyNameAgain Sun 21-Sep-08 11:14:41

Thank you. Its good to know that they can work. Do you remember how long it was before he started to notice a difference, or you started to notice a difference with DH?

DrHorrible Sun 21-Sep-08 11:16:26

About a month I think. The change was incredible though - I even had a thread on here saying about how I had my husband back

jellybeans Sun 21-Sep-08 11:20:32

Hi yes it does work for some people and has been proved in trials. My doctor said it is as effective as Prozac for mild depression (so will work for about half the peple trying them). There are far fewer nasty side effects too, although incomnia can happen in a big way! Takes about 2-6 weeks to kick in. Make sure you get one with the 2 componants in (Hypericium and Hyperforin or something simelar) and the ones with chamomile in are great. Check the drug interactions first though as they can interfere with drugs like the pill.

AuntieMaggie Sun 21-Sep-08 11:23:02

Apparently they are very good, BUT if you are taking any other medication at all check with your doctor as they interact with loads of different medication.

HadToChangeMyNameAgain Sun 21-Sep-08 11:25:14

Thank you, sounds like it may be worth a try for me I am not taking any other tablets at all at the minute, so should be ok.

Lukesmammy Sun 21-Sep-08 14:18:40

Sorry to hijack this thread but can I also ask if anybody is aware of the time limits to take these for?

I have been taking them since April. The first I bought said to take one a day and the next lot I bought said to take three a day. They were differing makes and I was a bit anxious so kept on taking one a day. Am thinking of going up to the three a day as advised but was wary incase I have been taking them for too long already iyswim?

HadToChangeMyNameAgain Sun 21-Sep-08 15:47:00

Jellybean - can you point me in the direction of any particular brands that contain the componets you mentioned. Am wondering if maybe i can order some online but am so confused.

RubyRioja Sun 21-Sep-08 15:49:13

I think cheaper versions have less active ingredients (hence 3 per day rather than one)
I bought some in boots and used for 3 months.

Plan to get some more for dark winter months grin

Well worth a try

jellybeans Mon 22-Sep-08 09:39:03

The make I used was VEGA from tesco, about £6 but they don't seem to do it anymore (maybe do online though?). I have used tesco cheap ones though and they seemed to be OK. Kira were over rated I thought.

MadreInglese Mon 22-Sep-08 09:41:49

I took it for a few months but tbh I didn't feel any different. I tried instead some vit c tablets and after about a month I felt heaps better, and I still take them now.

Oh, and I think SJW can interfere with the effects of some contraceptive pills IIRC.

noonki Tue 23-Sep-08 18:20:13

I felt much better on st johns wort - it stops one of the contraception pills working properly so take care!

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