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Valerian and Antihistamines? - July 29th 2011, 04:57 AM

So my mom got me some sleeping pills that will hopefully stop me from not being able to sleep till like 3 AM every night.

Problem is, I decided to look up valerian, the main ingredient of the pill, since I've heard of it before being used for various things. Then I found that apparently I'm not supposed to take them with antihistamines.

I take Reactine everyday in the morning for my allergies; will that interfere if I take the pills at night? Also, does anyone know any other risky side effects? I can't seem to find a straight or reliable answer and I'm still searching for one; if anyone has any info I'd greatly appreciate it.

Oh, and, the pill also has lemon balm and passionflower, if anyone knows anything risky about those I'd be grateful too.
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Re: Valerian and Antihistamines? - August 1st 2011, 04:20 PM

im sure it would be fine, as the only real drug interactions i hear of with herbs are when people take 5-htp or st johns wort with an antidepressant. if the risk was severe, the valerian bottle would say (just like the 5 htp bottle says with antidepressants), "dont take with antihistamine". it would not simply say "dont take with prescription drugs" . that being said, im no doctor, and am not qualified to give that kind of advice, im saying its probably fine, i cross herbs all the times, even prescription drugs with illegal drugs. it probably wont kill you. but to be safe , you should ask the doctor .
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Re: Valerian and Antihistamines? - August 3rd 2011, 01:27 AM

NO! That is not true, there are SO many other drug interactions besides people taking 5-htp or St. Johns Wort and anti-depressants.

I would give a call to your doctor and ask. It's better safe than sorry. Don't ever try mixing drugs if you're not 100% sure it's safe. And honestly, don't give advice if you're not for sure, especially saying "I'm sure it would be fine" because "I'm sure" isn't enough in a possible life or death situation. You don't mess with or toss your health up in the air because you "think" it's okay.

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