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What are the risks of taking valerian?

Valerian is generally considered to be safe. If you take valerian for longer than two to four months and suddenly stop using it, you risk suffering from valerian withdrawal. It has been reported that valerian gives a drug "hangover" effect when taking high doses. In some cases, if you take valerian for a long period of time, you increase your risk of developing insomnia.

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