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Who shouldn't take St. John's wort?

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Herbal therapies aren't recommended for pregnant women, children, the elderly, or those with certain medical condition. St. John's wort can affect how well several drugs work, including birth control pills, drugs used to prevent organ transplant rejections, and some heart disease medications. Always tell your doctor if you're taking St. John's wort or any other herbal product.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. Johns Wort and Depression."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

FDA: "Overview of Dietary Supplements."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. Johns Wort and Depression."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

FDA: "Overview of Dietary Supplements."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 26, 2019

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