Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Foods and supplements containing tryptophan or 5-HTP should be avoided while taking Effexor.1
• Alcohol should not be combined with Effexor.2
• Herbs that may interact with Effexor to increase sedation include:calamus, calendula, chamomile, California poppy, catnip, couch grass, elecampane, ginseng Siberian, goldenseal, gotu kola, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lemon balm, sage, St. John's wort, sassafras, scullcap, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, valerian, withania root, and yerba mansa3
References1 Mindell, E, Hopkins V: Prescription Alternatives. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, Inc, 1998.
1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Naranjo CA, Pouos CX, Bremner KE, Lanctot KL. Fluoxetine attenuates alcohol intake and desire to drink. Int Clin Psychopharmacol 1994;9:163-72.
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996:21,45,63,282.
3 Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.
3 Demott K. St. Johnís wort tied to serotonin syndrome. Clinical Psychiatry News 1998;26:28.
3 Gordon JB. SSRIs and St. Johnís wort: possible toxicity? Am Fam Physician 1998;57:950.
3 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
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