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Are there risks associated with taking valerian as a natural sleep aid?

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Valerian is an herbal extract that some people take to help them sleep. Using it for six weeks or less usually doesn’t cause problems. Some people say they get a headache or a “hangover” feeling. A few studies suggest valerian may make it harder to think clearly for a short time. You should not use valerian with alcohol or sleeping pills, since the herb might make you drowsy or dizzy.

From: Natural Sleep Aids and Remedies WebMD Medical Reference

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Natural Standard.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Herbal/Plant Therapies" and "Complementary/Integrative Medicine."

Drugs.com: "5-HTP."

Medline Plus.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Natural Standard.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Herbal/Plant Therapies" and "Complementary/Integrative Medicine."

Drugs.com: "5-HTP."

Medline Plus.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 25, 2017

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