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St. John's wort: use and side effects

  1. St. John's wort is an herb that has a positive effect on depression. St. John's wort is found in various herbal remedies and nutritional supplements, but also exists in the form of a registered medicine under the name Hyperiplant. St. John's wort has several potential side effects and some interactions with other medications that require attention.

What is St. John's wort?

  1. St. John's wort is a plant that mainly occurs in Asia and Europe. The plant flowers from May to August and then has golden yellow flowers. The leaves and petals contain small oil glands. The oil that is obtained from the plant is said to have an antidepressant effect. The Latin name of St. John's wort is hypericum perforatum.

St. John's wort and depression

  1. The precise mechanism of action of St. John's wort is still unknown, but various studies have already shown that St. John's wort has a positive influence on depressive symptoms. Especially people with mild to moderate depression appear to benefit from the use of applications of St. John's wort. People indicate that they feel more energetic and have the idea that the mood has improved. The average time to start noticing the effects of the herb is approximately two to three weeks.

Medicine St. John's wort

  1. There is currently one registered medicine containing St. John's wort. This drug is called Hyperiplant. This medicine has been sold since 2008 and is available at pharmacies without a prescription.

Side effects of St. John's wort

  1. Like almost all remedies, St. John's wort also has some side effects. Such side effects generally occur in the first week and then decrease in intensity or disappear completely. The side effects will disappear anyway when you stop using the drug.

Interaction with other drugs and agents

  1. St. John's wort is an agent that interacts with various medications and other agents. This means that St. John's wort can influence the effect of other remedies, for example strengthen or weaken it.

St. John's wort and pregnancy

  1. Not enough is currently known about the influence of St. John's wort on the unborn baby. It is therefore not recommended to use the product if you are pregnant or if you want to become pregnant within a short time. Not enough is known about the influence of the herb on breast milk and therefore the baby. Therefore, the use of St. John's wort is also not recommended when breastfeeding.

  2. Not enough is currently known about the influence of St. John's wort on the unborn baby. It is therefore not recommended to use the drug if you are pregnant or if you want to become pregnant within a short time. Not enough is known about the influence of the herb on breast milk and therefore the baby. Therefore, the use of St. John's wort is also not recommended when breastfeeding.



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