Safe Prozac

A herb’s impact on brain compared to Big Pharma’s notorious drug

St John's Wort

St John's Wort

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Celexa, affect serotonin levels in the brain. Although SSRIs are the first choice of treatment for mild depression or anxiety, a study finds that the herbal extract St. John’s wort works equally well.

The researchers, writing in the journal Affective Disorders, looked at 27 clinical trials with a total of 3,808 patients, comparing the use of St John's wort and SSRIs. In patients with depression, “St John's wort demonstrated comparable response … and remission rate, and significantly lower discontinuation/dropout rate compared to standard SSRIs.”

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They noted the herb offered “significant clinical efficacy in ameliorating depressive symptoms.”

Although SSRIs are widely used, they are notorious for side effects that include:

· Drowsiness
· Nausea
· Dry mouth
· Insomnia
· Diarrhea
· Nervousness, agitation or restlessness
· Dizziness
· Erectile dysfunction
· Headache
· Blurred vision

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Usual Dosage

The usual dosage for adults is to take one 300 milligram capsule (standardized for hyperforin content) 3x daily with meals.

Referencesi Ng QX, Venkatanarayanan N, Ho CY.Clinical use of Hypericum perforatum (St John's wort) in depression: A meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2017 Mar 1;210:211-221. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.12.048. Epub 2017 Jan 3.
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