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St John's Wort Antidepressant

Question: St. John's Wort -Is this a good Antidepressant? I bought a bottle of the herbal supplement St Johns Wort @ WalMart and I want to try to cure my mild depression is it accurate or potent enough to make any difference? -And while were on meds, I need to know if "Ambien' has any side effect such as long term or short term memory loss of any kind?

Answer: There is a good account of St John's Wort in depression at http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/st-johns-wort but basically it is not very effective, and can be dangerous in combination with certain other drugs. You have to remember that doctors already use hundreds of drugs derived from plant sources, so they have nothing against herbal medicines in principle. It is just that some work, and some, frankly, don't.


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