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Should I let my doctor know I’m taking St. John’s Wort?

Using St. John's Wort in various cultural and traditional environments may be different from approaches accepted by present day Western medicine. When you are determining whether to use any herbal supplement, such as St. John's Wort, discussion about it with your doctor is recommended because of its possible serious interactions with prescription medicines you are taking and health issues you may have. In addition, you may benefit from a discussion with a practitioner specifically trained in herbal supplements.

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Should I tell my pharmacist if I am taking medications and St. John’s wort?
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What is St. John's wort extract (SJWE)?
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Are there any risks in taking the supplement St. John’s wort?
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Who should use St. John’s Wort?
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