Should I tell my pharmacist if I am taking medications and St. John’s wort?

St. John's wort can interact with a wide variety of medications, so have a conversation with your doctor and pharmacist about any other medications you are taking. Be sure to mention if you are currently taking birth control pills, prescription antidepressants, heart medications such as digoxin, anticoagulants like warfarin, HIV medications such as protease inhibitors or seizure medications such as phenytoin or phenobarbital. Taking St. John's wort while you are also taking a prescription antidepressant may increase your risk of a condition called serotonin syndrome, which can be very serious. 

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