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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Appetite or weight changes are possible.1
• Dry mouth, taste changes and other gastrointestinal problems may occur.2
• Avoid tryptophan with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors3
• Avoid St. John's Wort, it may increase side effects of the drug. Increased sedation, serotonin like syndrome ( seizures, confusion and severe hypertension), may occur.4
• Avoid calamus, calendula, California poppy, catnip, couch grass, elecampane, Siberian ginseng, chamomile (German), goldenseal, gotu kola, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lemon balm, sage, St. John's wort, sassafras, scullcap, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, valerian, wild carrot, wild lettuce, withania, and yerba mansa with celexa because the sedative effects of these herbs may be potentiated.5
• Ginger may help to relieve the nausea associated with the withdrawal of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.6
References1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999.
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999.
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000.
3 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
4 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999.
4 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
5 Blumenthal M, et al. ed. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council, 1998.
5 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996
5 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
6 Schechter JO. Treatment of disequilibrium and nausea in the SRI discontinuation syndrome. J Clin Psychiatry 1998;59(8):431-2.
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