St John's Wort query

Morning all. Hope all is well. I'm doing ok, but this certainly isn't easy for me -- even 3+ months on! I feel pretty mentally cruddy from time to time -- anxiety and a sort of mania. I've read what people have said about St John's Wort. I bought some a few years ago but never took it. It's still in date. I have a question on how much to take. The pack says 2 capsules 3 times per day. It's 300mg for the 2 capsules. I've never taken 6 capsules a day of anything, so I'm a bit apprehensive! Any advice? xxjb

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  • Hi Julie

    I would just follow the instructions for the St John's Wort. Christine may be along later, I think she knows a bit about it (she's a bit of a know all anyway!)

    As far as the manic and anxiety goes, how long have you been off the Champix? A few of us found they made us manic and quite frankly, I thought I was going to murder hubby a fair few times. They seemed to take about 4 weeks to get out of my system and I have only just started to feel like my old self. Hubby is still walking round on egg shells but that suits me fine!!! :D

  • Morning all. Hope all is well. I'm doing ok, but this certainly isn't easy for me -- even 3+ months on! I feel pretty mentally cruddy from time to time -- anxiety and a sort of mania. I've read what people have said about St John's Wort. I bought some a few years ago but never took it. It's still in date. I have a question on how much to take. The pack says 2 capsules 3 times per day. It's 300mg for the 2 capsules. I've never taken 6 capsules a day of anything, so I'm a bit apprehensive! Any advice? xxjb

    Hi Juliebean, as JJ69 says Christine is the expert on things like this but 6 a day sounds too many to me. I take one x 300mg St Johns Wort each day. Initially I took 2 x 300mg for the first week, as advised by Christine, but towards the end of that week it caused diarrhea and so I cut it down to 1 x 300mg just once a day and that suits me fine. You will probably find it lifts your mood quite quickly, it worked for me within 4/5 days anyway.

    Good luck and hope it works wellfor you. ;)

  • Thanks, both, very much for your advice. JJ69 - I've been off the Champix for a few weeks now. I tend to think my 'mentalness' (as I like to call it) is really about stopping smoking more than the drug, if you know what I mean. For the past 20 years, I have used fags to mask my feelings, control my anxiety, etc.

  • Hi,

    Just thought I would let you know I too tried St Johns wort on a previous qiut and the gave me bad tummy as well,after speaking to friends they advised kalms which I felt worked far better!! might be worth a try if you are fearfull of the St Johns.

    Keep Strong

    Cath x

    ps Im no expert :p:p

  • I sound like a drug dealer!! This is just my opinion however:

    I take Karma St John's Wort from Boots, 425mg once a day but for the 1st two weeks I doubled the dose (morning and night). I've never been one for herbal medicine so I was dubious but to me this was a life saver. I was very depressed and extremely moody and they actually seemed to 'kick in' after a week and I would highly recommend them. I thought I would take them to March and start again next October. It all depends on the strength, do not buy the cheap stuff in the supermarket.

    I also started taking a vitamin B6 to calm my old hormones down, and it seemed to work (well I've not killed anyone!!).

    Good luck, let me know how you get on my love.:)

  • they helped me. I used them every so briefly to lift my moods and they 'helped' me when i was feeling a spot of depression around october/november last year. While i don't advocate any use of tablets, they did in my case help me.

    I'd always recommend consulting a doctor or having a proper chat with the pharmacist before taking them just to make sure they are right for you.

  • After months of refusing to believe it could possibly be depression that was causing me so many problems I finally gave in, listened to Christine and started to take SJW late last week....it has kicked in and I feel so much better that I have in ages.

    As well as the mood improvement, I have slept soundly and my breathing & heart have evened out (long story), I have bags of energy and have started exercising. Only problem is I have now to eat humble pie and admit to myself and OH that it is depression, stress and anxiety that were wrong!! :p

    So far it does not seem to be counteracting with my HRT...but I can cope with a few hot flushes. It beats taking antidepressants from Doc and I dont plan to stay on them for very long...

    :D:D

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